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Poncharal: “2010 was Tech 3’s best MotoGP combination”

Poncharal: “2010 was Tech 3’s best MotoGP combination”

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 boss looks back on the season and reviews the partnership between Ben Spies and Colin Edwards in special interview, also expressing his excitement at the arrival of Cal Crutchlow for 2011.

Hervé Poncharal looked back on a successful 2010 campaign for his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team with great pleasure in the attached video interview, outlining the seamless transition of Ben Spies to MotoGP and the fantastic working partnership between the Rookie of the Year and his fellow Texan, team-mate Colin Edwards.

“We knew we would receive a very strong and talented rider in Ben and while we had high expectations we also knew the year would be a tough one. We have had some riders from superbikes who have had difficulties with the transition, but Ben has done incredibly well,” said Poncharal in review. “He was Rookie of the Year and he has done more than we expected; a pole position in Indy, he led the race for seven laps and finished on the podium, had front row starts at Brno and Phillip Island, and had a podium at Silverstone too. We cannot forget he also had to learn the tyres, the bike, some tracks, so considering all this he has done so well. Now he’ll go to the factory team which he deserves. We are losing a very good rider, but I think we helped him understand MotoGP and now he is ready to win.”

Poncharal continued: “Colin has had a strong year too. He has helped Ben in his approach to MotoGP and gave him good support, advice and information. He has been a solid team player and I’m really happy to have him for next season.”

“For sure this was Tech 3’s best combination in MotoGP, because they get along and have a lot of respect for one another, and they laugh a lot together.”

Picking out the highlights of the campaign, Poncharal said: “I think the best moment, because it came so early, was the podium at Silverstone. Ben was incredible in difficult conditions, he had crashed on the Saturday (aggravating an injured ankle) and in the race he was just so good. It wasn’t an easy race. Of course we were disappointed for him at Laguna Seca (sixth position), his home race, but in the second race in the US at Indianapolis he took his chance, got pole, led the race and finished second in front of both factory riders. For me that was the second best moment.”

After further discussing the high team morale formed by the excellent relationship between the two riders, Poncharal looked forward to 2011 and the reception of another new arrival, Cal Crutchlow.

“I’m really happy to have Cal next season. I think he is the best man to replace Ben. He did extremely well in 600cc (world supersport) and won that. He won a few races in his first world superbike season and finished fifth, and I think he is ready to come to MotoGP,” stated Poncharal. “He is so hungry and passionate and the kind of rider that will give 100% every day. I am very excited and it’s like a new story starting.”

“I’m highly confident we can do something very strong together. I’m hopeful we can give the same support to Cal as we have to Ben, and that he can have the same results too. I am quite sure Colin will help Cal as he helped Ben. He is very fast and a team player and has played a big role in Ben’s success, and I hope he does in Cal’s too.”

MotoGP, 2010, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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