MotoGP’s Tech3 Renews Yamaha Partnership

September 12, 2013

French-based MotoGP team Tech3 has extended its technical partnership with Yamaha for at least a further two MotoGP seasons.

The latest deal between Tech3’s Herve Poncharal and Yamaha’s Lin Jarvis will see the two parties continuing to work together until at least the end of the 2015 campaign, medicine lengthening a collaboration that already dates back to 1999.

“With Yamaha’s continued commitment to giving its maximum support to the Monster Yamaha Tech3 squad, the team is now looking forward to demonstrating the high level of the YZR-M1 package, while also working closely with the Japanese manufacturer to nurture young talent for the future,” Tech3 said in a statement.

“I’m very happy and proud to announce that Tech3 is going to be working and supported by the Yamaha Motor Company for the next two years,” comments Herve Poncharal, Team Manager of Monster Yamaha Tech3. “It is an honour and a privilege. We have been working with Yamaha since 1999 in the 250 class, with Olivier Jacque and Shinya Nakano, and in 2000 we won the 250 championship. The next season we switched to the premier class and since then we have enjoyed a great collaboration and a great relationship.

“It is not only a technical partnership, but we feel truly part of the Yamaha family. Next year is a new adventure having two young riders; Bradley Smith will be entering his second MotoGP season and will be joined by Pol Espargaro, so we are very excited. I believe this is going to be a great setup, not only together with Yamaha but with our sponsors too, and that is something we are pretty proud of.”

Yamaha Motor Racing’s Managing Director Lin Jarvis is also pleased to have the deal finalised with six races still to run in the 2013 campaign.

“I’m really very happy to continue our relationship with Herve Poncharal and the entire Tech3 Team,” Jarvis says. “We have enjoyed a very successful partnership for more than a decade and have shared many memorable moments over the years. The Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team continues to perform as the top ranking satellite team in the MotoGP class and their riders are frequently scoring excellent results and providing great excitement for the MotoGP fans. Now that we share Monster Energy as a common sponsor, our link is even closer and we are very keen to continue to work together closely for the future to develop young talent which is a very important part of our total Yamaha Factory Racing program.”

In the current MotoGP Teams’ Championship standings, Tech3 is the highest-placed outfit behind Repsol Honda Team and Yamaha Factory Racing, currently sitting third overall ahead of Ducati Team to which current Tech3 rider Cal Crutchlow will move next season.

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