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Yamaha Tech 3 presence confirmed for 2008

Yamaha Tech 3 presence confirmed for 2008

The steadily progressing Yamaha Tech 3 team will continue to be present on the MotoGP grid next year, courtesy of Team Manager Herve Poncharal's signing a new deal with Yamaha to provide their bikes in 2008.

The steadily progressing Yamaha Tech 3 team will continue to be present on the MotoGP grid next year, courtesy of Team Manager Herve Poncharal's signing a new deal with Yamaha to provide their bikes in 2008. The likeable Frenchman spoke to motogp.com after the race at Mugello to explain the details of the new agreement.

"It is a relief for us, because we can now make the step forward to attract new sponsors and riders. It is important to be able to ensure that you have the bikes confirmed, as I have previously emphasised, because if not then it is difficult to get people behind the project," explained Poncharal.

Yamaha's continuation of the satellite team deal comes after the MotoGP sponsorship summit recently held in Barcelona, designed to help the manufacturers attract blue chip companies to the sport. Poncharal was one of the most vocal in his suggestions about the way forward, and brought many ideas to the table. However, he is well aware that the team still has a lot more of the current season to face in its present incarnation.

"We can't forget that there is still a lot of 2007 to go," he continued. "We have a rider in Sylvain Guintoli who has done very well this season, including leading a race at his home Grand Prix in France. He has been finishing ahead of his team-mate Makoto Tamada, who himself is a former Grand Prix winner, and we are very happy that the gamble we took on him is paying off."

It is not yet known whether Yamaha Tech 3 will continue to run on Dunlop tyres next year, with their agreement set to come to an end. Poncharal's team are currently the only outfit on the grid to use Dunlops, with the tyre manufacturer also their title sponsor this season.

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE

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