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Pol Espargaro confirms that he will ride for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team for 2016 after extending his contract with Yamaha.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is delighted to announce that current rider and 2013 Moto2™ World Champion Pol Espargaro will remain with the team for next season aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bike. The Spanish star will be contracted to Yamaha once again and will ride in Tech 3 colours in what will be his third year of MotoGP™. Espargaro, who clinched the leading satellite MotoGP bike title in his first season in the premier class, has produced some notable performances including qualifying in second position at the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team’s home Grand Prix at Le Mans last year. In addition, he has determinedly finished in fifth place twice this season in the fiercely competitive class. Furthermore, the 24 year old further highlighted his potential by storming to the race victory at the legendary Suzuka 8 Hours race as well as setting the pole position time and shattering the lap record. Espargaro will now continue his relentless battle to fight as close as possible to the factory MotoGP™ bikes for the rest of this year and in 2016.
Pol Espargaro: “I’m happy, because renewing my contract with a factory like Yamaha is always going to be fantastic. Yamaha gave me the opportunity to make my debut in MotoGP and together, I think we had a really good first season. This year we are working hard to improve our results that have not been as strong as we would have liked at this point of the year. However, next season there will be some important changes in the category, such as the alterations to the technical regulations and especially, the changing of the tyre supplier. From my point of view, the less you change with regards to the team and the bike, the easier it will be to adapt to all of this. Despite some tricky moments this year, I know the bike and I know I can continue to work well together with Yamaha and Tech3 in order to achieve our goals. This announcement is also fantastic following the success at Suzuka, where we undertook some really good work together that concluded in the victory that was great for Yamaha and also for my confidence. Therefore, I hope that this result and the renewal of my contract will help me for the nine races that we still have left in 2015, which is the most important thing for me to focus on right now.”
Herve Poncharal: "I am obviously more than delighted to announce that Pol Espargaro is going to remain with us for a third year in MotoGP. We have had an incredible two seasons together and for me personally, it is like Pol has been here forever and certainly is a big part of our team. We love him and I really hope that next year he can show his true potential and get as close as possible to the top of the MotoGP World. Now, we hope that we can have a strong second half to 2015 in order to prepare for next season, which will be a key year for him and all of us. It goes without saying that we are very happy and proud that Pol will race in the Monster Yamaha Tech3 colours for one more year."
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