Yamaha, Tech 3 extend partnership
12 September 2013 – Yamaha has confirmed a two-year extension to its contract with the satellite Tech 3 team, ensuring the supply of the prototype Yamaha YZR-M1 machine through 2015.
The two parties have worked together for more than a decade, with the Japanese manufacturer first supplying bikes to the French outfit at the end of the 2002 season.
"We have enjoyed a very successful partnership for more than a decade and have shared many memorable moments," explained Yamaha Managing Director Lin Jarvis. "The Monster Yamaha Tech3 team continues to perform as the top ranking satellite team in the MotoGP class and their riders are frequently scoring excellent results."
Tech 3 team boss Hervé Poncharal added of the renewed agreement: "I’m very happy and proud to announce that Tech3 is going to be for the next two years again working and supported by the Yamaha Motor Company. It is an honour and a privilege."
Tech 3 will field an altered line-up of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaró next season, with Cal Crutchlow moving to the factory Ducati squad to replace Nicky Hayden.