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Hervè Poncharal reflects on the season so far

Hervè Poncharal reflects on the season so far

Hervè Poncharal reflects on the season so far

Fortuna Gauloises Yamaha Tech3 Team Manager Hervé Poncharal spoke with motogp.com about his season so far after his outfit's home race in Le Mans last week, evaluating the performance of his two riders Marco Melandri and Norick Abe and assessing the battle for the MotoGP World Championship crown after three rounds.

"I think that the first three rounds have shown that the championship is very, very open and that Honda and Yamaha are fighting on an almost level playing field from a technical point of view," commented Poncharal. "Positions are being decided by a few thousandths of seconds – both in qualifying and in the races.

"At Le Mans we saw the men who are most in form finish in the top four once again and, in my opinion, the title will be decided between Biaggi, Rossi and Gibernau.

"As far as our team is concerned, I think we can be very satisfied. After his crash at Jerez, when he almost scored a podium, Marco Melandri finished sixth at Le Mans after starting from sixth on the grid. That is very encouraging and, as far as I am concerned, Melandri has a great future amongst the very best riders in MotoGP.

"The party would have been complete for us if Norick had finished the race but unfortunately he was brought down by Hodgson on the first lap. But in general we left France feeling satisfied and looking forward to Mugello, where we can expect another good result.

"As I said, (the championship) is very equal at the moment – there are three Hondas and three Yamahas in the top six so it is definitely more balanced than in previous seasons.

"It is hard to say at this point who will win the title. Valentino has had a few technical problems in the last couple of races but still has his racing spirit intact and the next round is at his home track, Mugello… Biaggi has beaten him once and Valentino won the first race so I guess either way it is revenge time!"

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MotoGP, 2004, GRAND PRIX POLINI DE FRANCE

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