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Le Mans success story for Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3

Le Mans success story for Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3

The Alice Grand Prix de France weekend was an all-round success story for French team Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3, as both their riders recorded their best results of the 2007 season so far.

The Alice Grand Prix de France weekend was an all-round success story for French team Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3, as both their riders recorded their best results of the 2007 season so far.

Indeed, Sunday was a very special day for MotoGP rookie Sylvain Guintoli in particular, as he even led a premier class Grand Prix for the first time for a brief period in his home race - having overtaken seven times world champion Valentino Rossi in the early stages.

Guintoli subsequently crashed, but remounted and swapped to wet weather prepared machinery to finish the race tenth in challenging conditions, and therefore record his biggest points haul to date since his move up from 250cc in front of a drenched but delighted French crowd.

The young Frenchman's team-mate Makoto Tamada, meanwhile, stayed out a few more laps on slicks before his own rain-enforced enforced pit-stop, riding a steady race to eventually cross the line ninth on an increasingly slippery surface which saw seven of the world's most gifted riders slide out of the action.

The ever cheerful Guintoli commented afterwards: "That was a pretty funny race but I am extremely happy with the entire weekend. This is something special for me to do what I did in front of my home crowd with my good qualifying (11th) and the race. When I was in front for that one lap I didn't think about it, I just went for it."

"I was very surprised when the rear came around and made me crash as it didn't seem that wet. If I hadn't crashed I would have stayed out for a few more laps as it was not really wet enough to change bike. Tenth is my best result so I have to be very happy even with a crash but the entire weekend has been brilliant. We can take a lot out of this weekend as we got rid of any doubts about how competitive we can be."

Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 Team Manager Herve Poncharal added: "This has been a very weird French Grand Prix. We had a really good qualifying session and a strong warm-up this morning. It was an incredible start to the race. Sylvain was exceptional as he said to me before the start that it would be good to lead for just one lap and he did it!"

"Everyone around the track enjoyed seeing Sylvain in front and after he crashed he showed very good fighting spirit to pick the bike up and continue. I would also like to thank Makoto as he showed great fighting spirit too to finish in 9th place and to have our two riders in the top ten is a sensational result."

The weekend has given Poncharal's men a huge boost and they will remain at Le Mans for two days of testing to further improve the performance of their Dunlop tyres and Yamaha machinery, with the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice next on the MotoGP calendar in less than in two weeks time.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE

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