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The official MotoGP website has now confirmed that Michel Fabrizio will ride in place of the injured Toni Elias at next weekend's German Grand Prix, with Miguel DuHamel taking the seat for the US Grand Prix one week later.


Fabrizio completed a partial, but at times impressive, MotoGP season with underdogs WCM in 2004, before splitting from the team mid-season and heading for the World Supersport championship with Honda.

The Italian remained in WSS for 2005, finishing fifth in the championship, before graduating to the premier WSBK class with DFX Honda the following season. The Italian took a best finish of second on his way to eleventh in the championship, but has failed to better sixth so far this year as the gap between factory and privateer teams grows.

Sachsenring will mark the second time Fabrizio has replaced an injured Elias, after also being given the Spaniard's ride for last year's British Grand Prix. On that occasion, Michel missed the race after breaking his collarbone during free practice and the 22-year-old will naturally be hoping for much better luck next weekend.

But the biggest news is that, just one week after the German Grand Prix, DuHamel will - as previously reported - make a surprise (four-stroke) MotoGP debut, at the age of 39, in the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.

The Canadian finished 12th in the 1992 500cc World Championship for Team Yamaha France, but has otherwise raced in the AMA championships continuously since 1990, winning eight titles - one in Superbike, five in Supersport and two in Formula Xtreme - plus five Daytona 200 victories.

The long time American Honda rider will now aim to exploit his enormous experience at the tough-to-learn Californian circuit - where former AMA rival Nicky Hayden has taken victory on both of MotoGP's previous visits.

DuHamel currently sits fourth in the 2007 AMA Superbike championship, with a best finish of second so far this season.

Gresini Honda is the only RC212V team to use Bridgestone tyres and has been the best performing satellite Honda outfit during a difficult year for HRC - Elias and Marco Melandri having taken one podium each during the first nine rounds.

Elias, who broke his left femur during practice at Assen, is hoping to return to MotoGP action at Brno on August 19, the round after Laguna Seca.
 

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i like Fabrizios lid, but i cant remember ever seeing him on podium or anything.
 

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i hope Kawasaki wins a GP round, can't stand the Zuka's winning a GP at Le Mans & i'm also a fan of Kawa.
 

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Go Du!

Even though he and Roger won't do as good, it will be fun to see them on the MotoGP bikes.
 

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Go Du!

Even though he and Roger won't do as good, it will be fun to see them on the MotoGP bikes.

WE never know what will really happen until race time
more Americans in the race better chances to have an
all American poduim that would be awesome :wave:
 

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cool, good to know... whats he ride in WSBK?
 

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cool, good to know... whats he ride in WSBK?
DFXtreme CBR1000RR. I couldn't remember whether he had one or two podiums last year but it was 2, a third and a second. I remember the third because he pulled a banzai double pass on Corser and Haga to get that one.

He's been pretty slow and anonymous this year though. Gresini should've picked up Leon Camier from BSB or Neil Hodgson maybe. I don't know if Neil has an exclusivity contract with Ducati in Moto GP though since he test rides for them. Andrew Pitt would've been a good choice but he's test riding for Yamaha in Moto GP now.
 

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miguel!!! sweet!
 

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Eh, as much as I like Duhamel, getting a podium is a long shot. If this were the first year of Moto GP at Laguna Seca and he were riding the RC211V I would say its plausible. But now all of the top riders have ridden there at least once and to make matters worse the RC212V is not as competitive as its predecessor. The factory Hondas are almost there but the updates have not trickled down to Gresini yet.

Of course if Bridgestone pulls a rabbit out of the hat and has an advantage at Laguna, then it looks up significantly for Duhamel. But he still has a big challenge since the first time he'll get on the bike is FP1 on Friday. Not to mention the fact that he still has his superbike duties.
 
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