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Poncharal comments on Dunlop progress

Poncharal comments on Dunlop progress

The A-Style TT Assen last weekend provided a dynamic spectacle involving Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Makoto Tamada and Sylvain Guintoli, as the pair were involved in an epic battle with up to six riders for a top 10 finish.

The A-Style TT Assen last weekend provided a dynamic spectacle involving Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Makoto Tamada and Sylvain Guintoli, as the pair were involved in an epic battle with up to six riders for a top 10 finish.

In an enthralling race, won by fellow Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi in front of over 91,000 fans, it seemed possible in the early stages that both Tech 3 riders had chances to provide the team with its best result of the 2007 MotoGP World Championship. Though ultimately Tamada had to settle for 13th position, while MotoGP rookie Guintoli brought his Yamaha M1 home in 14th place in another point scoring finish.

Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 team manager Hervé Poncharal believes the results highlighted some recent progress made by British compound suppliers but notes that there is plenty of room for improvement.

He commented: ´We were happy to see the sun on Saturday morning as we are struggling in the wet but this race has shown that Dunlop have been working hard on development and this is good to see. In the first laps we were strong and it was very satisfying for everyone to see Makoto and Sylvain battling with a big group of riders and putting in faster laps than them, but unfortunately in the last laps we couldnt maintain the pace and had to settle for the positions in which we finished.´

´It was also good to be with other factory bikes for over two-thirds of the race but still its very frustrating to see them go away at the end. These last two races have been good for Dunlop because they now have a lot of information for wet and dry conditions and we are confident we can make even more progress. We still have a long way to go but we just have to keep working so we can gain consistency and fight regularly with the other factory bikes.´

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MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE TT ASSEN

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