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Let down for Tech 3 after long wait for pole

Let down for Tech 3 after long wait for pole

An ultimately disappointing seventh place for pole man Colin Edwards in China and James Toseland´s worst MotoGP result so far left the Tech 3 Yamaha team slightly deflated.

A weekend that promised so much ended in anti-climax for Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal at the Pramac Grand Prix of China and the Frenchman is therefore hoping for better results at the team´s home GP in Le Mans later this month.

Poncharal saw his experienced American rider Colin Edwards fail to capitalise on the first Tech 3 pole since 2002, as the Texas Tornado came home in seventh place, whilst rookie James Toseland had his toughest MotoGP weekend to date and was outside the top ten for the first time since joining the team.

`I can´t tell you I´m happy,´ said Poncharal plainly. `Having had the weekend we had we were looking for a podium with Colin. That was a possibility until he went straight down the back straight, he was holding third position quite well and I was surprised because he had opened up a gap over Casey Stoner. So things were going well and then I saw him miss the braking point. This is racing, these things can happen, but there is disappointment.´

`He showed great fighting spirit,´ continued the Yamaha satellite team chief, `he stayed with the group but once you are in a group you can´t do the lap times we know he was capable of doing and seventh is an ok result but not what we were expecting.´

Turning his attention to the other side of the pitbox Poncharal noted, `With James for some reason we never had a package of rider, bike and tyres that was sufficient to be better here.´

Attempting to lift the mood Poncharal concluded, `Anyway let´s stay positive. Both riders were in the points and we are still fourth in the Team championship, sixth in the Riders´ championship and lots of experience was gathered here, which will I hope will help us to have a good race in our home GP at Le Mans next time.´

MotoGP, 2008, Tech 3 Yamaha

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