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Poncharal typically enthusiastic about first findings of 2009

Poncharal typically enthusiastic about first findings of 2009

Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal was his usual happy self after a satisfactory first test for his team with the new Yamaha M1 last weekend.

Having finished fourth in the Teams’ World Championship standings last season, as the top performing independent outfit in MotoGP, Tech 3 Yamaha manager Herve Poncharal is looking for more success this year and was pleased with the initial findings with the new M1 prototype in Malaysia.

Colin Edwards and James Toseland tried the updated machine for the first time at Sepang, Edwards registering some highly competitive lap times right from the word go. Toseland was slowed down by the physical after-effects of a heavy crash on the first morning, but can be expected to pick up the pace next time out at Qatar under the floodlights from 1st-3rd March.

Reflecting on his team’s first steps with the new machine Poncharal commented, “Already in 2008 we were very happy with the bike that we had. My main worry was ‘how can Yamaha make a better bike?’, because it was already very competitive. The first test that we have had here in Sepang shows us that in a lot of areas the bike has improved. We have a stronger engine, the chassis feels really good. It is definitely an improvement on last year.”

The Frenchman was also happy at the way his staff interacted with new suppliers Bridgestone and believes his riders are adapting quickly to the Japanese company’s new aterial. “We are also very happy with the tyres,” Poncharal explained. “We did some race simulations and the riders couldn’t believe how stable and confident they were on the tyres.”

He added, “Some other riders have had more problems to understand the new Bridgestone tyres compared to the specifications they had last year. But for us we are really happy and the switch has been really easy. I think the decision was the best one and we think the new tyre rule will help all of us, especially independent teams like us to be closer to the factory teams and to make the show better. So far I’m a happy man.”

Full results from the test in Sepang can be found here.

MotoGP, 2009, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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