Tech 3 hopes Nozane gets another chance
17 October 2017 – Tech 3 chief Hervé Poncharal says he hopes the outfit can give Kohta Nozane a chance to demonstrate his "full potential" after injury compromised his MotoGP debut at Motegi.
Yamaha test rider Nozane was drafted in by Tech 3 to replace the unwell Jonas Folger and finished 13th quickest during Friday's second session.
However, Nozane sustained a fractured hand during a fall in the fourth practice session, leaving him able to complete only limited running, as he qualified at the rear of the grid.
Nozane gained three places on the opening lap but crashed shortly afterwards, bringing his debut weekend in the premier class to a premature conclusion.
"Kohta was really impressive on Friday and we thought that he would eventually be fighting for a top 10 finish on race day," said Poncharal.
"Unfortunately, a small mistake at the beginning of FP4 saw him crash and fracture his right hand, which meant it would be very difficult.
"We were not very confident because we could see how badly his hand was and at such a hard braking circuit, with a fractured right hand, it was almost impossible.
"I would like to thank him and I think he has shown that he has a really good level and he could be a very successful MotoGP rider in the near future.
"I don't know what Yamaha has planned, but it was a pleasure for us to look after Kohta.
"He is a really nice guy and we would eventually like to give him another chance to show his full potential."
Tech 3 will field Broc Parkes in place of Folger for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.