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Poncharal: `Team changes a good move´

Poncharal: `Team changes a good move´

Tech 3 Yamaha boss plays down importance of Edwards-Toseland crew chief switch.

With the MotoGP lineups in place and on-track activity prohibited until late-January, the pages of the European motorcycle press have been entertaining themselves with comments coming out of the Tech 3 Yamaha camp. An exchange of crew chiefs between James Toseland and Colin Edwards, and a few choice words from Edwards on the matter, have made for tasty reading for those interested in inter-team rivalry.

Tech 3 Yamaha Principal Herve Poncharal is not one of those fanning the flames, and said as much at last week´s Official MotoGP Test in Jerez. The Frenchman instead believes that the decision has mutual benefits for both of his riders, and could bring the best out of them in 2009.

`I think that it was a good move; James likes to be near his crew chief in order to discuss things between races and tests, and Gary (Reynders) lives in England at the moment,´ says Poncharal of the Toseland-instigated switch. `Colin is confident of the whole team´s potential, and knows that Guy is a very experienced and valuable crew chief.´

Edwards had previously given Toseland a few pointers at his opening MotoGP test in Sepang, but in the first test of the 2009 preseason the atmosphere inside the garage was a little less friendly. Competitive rivalry has spurred on many a MotoGP racewinner, and Poncharal sees nothing wrong with a bit of `edge´ in the quest to put the satellite bike on the top step of the podium.

`James got what he wanted, and I think that it will help him to be more confident. Colin has the extra motivation to show that his results last year were because of him and nothing else. Everyone knows that the first guy a rider wants to beat is his teammate, and this is a situation that we will have next year, ´ he says.

Both riders will be back in action at the first test of the year in Sepang, where they will be testing Bridgestone tyres on the 2009 satellite version of the Yamaha M1 for the first time.

MotoGP, 2008, James Toseland, Colin Edwards, Tech 3 Yamaha

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