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With NGM Forward Racing this weekend extending their deal with Yamaha and Aleix Espargaro notching a podium result on Sunday things are looking good for the Italian MotoGP™ squad.
The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon saw the announcement of Forward’s new agreement with Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd for the leasing of YZR-M1 engines and chassis parts to race in MotoGP in the Open Class category for the coming season. The team will have Stefan Bradl as one of their riders with the second rider for 2015 still to be announced.
Regarding the renewed agreement Lin Jarvis, Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director, praised the work so far this year of Forward Racing and expressed his satisfaction that the two parties will continue to work together.
Jarvis stated, “This year in the first year of the Open class and the first year of our partnership with Forward. The results have been very good. At the moment with Aleix leading the championship in the Open class you can’t ask for better than that. But also the collaboration with the team has been working very well and they showed interest in working with us again next year. We opened up the possibility for other teams, the same as one year ago other teams had their chance, but finally it was Forward that put their faith in Yamaha and therefore we are very happy to continue with them.”
On the details of the technical package Yamaha will supply, Jarvis added, “It is pretty much the same level as this year. So it will be a complete engine package, plus a chassis package including frame and swingarm, also some exhaust pipes. The other parts, I think this year they are using Ohlins suspension, they are using their own suppliers for wheels and for brakes, pretty much the same as we are. So I think with the experience they have and the same solid package from us no doubt they will be competitive next year.”
Meanwhile, regarding Sunday’s success story in the dry-wet race for Espargaro, NGM Forward Racing’s Team Owner Giovanni Cuzari enthused, “It was a special day for me and for the team. This is the first podium in the MotoGP class for NGM Forward Racing, for Aleix and for an Open bike. It’s an extraordinary feeling and it’s great to share it with all the guys of the team that have worked hard throughout the season to get this result. I want to thank Aleix for his determination and for the perfect race strategy. A special thanks goes to Yamaha for their support. Once again, thanks Aleix and a special thanks to every single person that works for the team in the office and at the track with commitment and professionalism.”
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