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Poncharal's Tech3 Sepang summary

Poncharal's Tech3 Sepang summary

Yamaha Tech3's Hervé Poncharal provided motogp.com with a thorough summary of the satellite MotoGP outfit's activity in Sepang, after some positive work by riders Colin Edwards and James Toseland in Malaysia.

Yamaha Tech3's Hervé Poncharal provided motogp.com with a thorough summary of the satellite MotoGP outfit's activity in Sepang, after some positive work by riders Colin Edwards and James Toseland in Malaysia.

Poncharal was pleased by Edwards' consistently fast pace on race tyres and impressed by the steady progress of new recruit Toseland on an evolving Yamaha M1 machine in South East Asia.

Summarising the test, the Frenchman stated: "This was the first time our team was out there with the 2008 machine, so it was very interesting to hear both Colin and James' comments compared to last time out with the '07 spec bike in Jerez in November. Alongside that the main focus has been on testing tyres, which is, as we saw last year, crucial for results."

After also revealing his satisfaction with recent improvements made by tyre suppliers Michelin, Poncharal also assessed Toseland's approach to his first season in MotoGP, enthusing: "I've always said what I really like in James since we started working together is that he doesn't get too angry or excited about anything. His way of progressing is step-by-step and understanding before pushing too hard and making a mistake."

"Every time he has been out, the next day, or the next lap he's always quicker and quicker. We have never had a day where we have been behind the day before. Of course he wants to be quick, but he doesn't want to shine with a crazy lap time that is more than a second faster than his second best lap time just to send out good news to the world. I think he just wants to get ready for round one."

On the important topic of sponsorship for the Tech3 team Poncharal added: "The overall situation is not looking too bad. We still have the AIA deal which is a joint deal together with the factory Yamaha team."

"We've got a new partner which I'm really pleased with, another joint deal with the factory Yamaha team, which is Kerself, the solar panel company. I'm really happy to see a green company like this joining the Championship. We've also got Motul joining us, which is good news."

"We're still working on a few things, we have an important appointment coming up and I hope there will be some new stickers on our bikes in Jerez."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008

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