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Poncharal hints at new recruits for Tech3

Poncharal hints at new recruits for Tech3

Poncharal hints at new recruits for Tech3

As one of the five ‘seeded' teams with a guaranteed two places on the MotoGP grid, Herve Poncharal's Tech3 outfit are nervously looking forward to next season as they wait on sponsor decisions to see how their team structure will be formed.

Currently running Marco Melandri and Norick Abe, the team have enjoyed success with podiums for Melandri at Catalunya and Assen, and Poncharal hopes that his team's role as support to the main factory squad can continue in earnest next season.

With discussions underway between Yamaha and Altadis over sponsorship in 2005, Poncharal admits the final five races, including four outside Europe, will be crucial for everybody concerned and hinted at a possible new role for his team next season and beyond, picking up new talent from the 250 and 125 classes and preparing them for the factory squad.

"I don't think the fact of being outside of Europe is any extra pressure, but for sure our two riders are out of contract at the end of 2004, we are also coming to the end of our contract with Yamaha and Altadis," explains Poncharal.

"We could see that some riders are told that it could be difficult for them to stay in the team that they are. Suddenly they show more than what they have been showing from the beginning of the season so it will be very exciting. Of course also we are getting towards the end of the championship and everyone is going to fight even harder.

"I think it's also going to be very interesting, because everyone knows that the last races are always the most important for team managers, sponsors and riders to decide what is going to happen in the future. So I think we are going to have a very exciting end to the championship and the remaining races are going to be beautiful to watch.

"At first the main thing which is difficult for us to achieve, is that we are part of the Altadis Yamaha organization and we all know that there are talks and negotiations between Yamaha Japan and Altadis HQ. We of course are waiting and hoping that the outcome of these negotiations will be positive and that we will be able to keep Altadis sponsorship.

"That's the first point. Once that is clear, we have to then think what is the best rider set-up for our team, but having in mind that there is a factory team and they are here to win races and to win the championship and we are going to be more and more like the support team to test and take young riders from the 250 class or even the 125 class to see how their potential is, see if they are good enough to be a top MotoGP rider and if that is the case then send them to the factory team. I think this is going to be something exciting to be doing in the future and I'm really looking forward to doing that."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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