MotoGP » MotoGP Le Mans: Tech 3 boss responds to Crutchlow rumours


"That Yamaha and Espargaro have spoken is a certainty" - Herve Poncharal, Tech 3.

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Dave - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 2:31 AM

@Yes,

Your response misses my point. Im not arguing Rossi v Jlo, Im simply disputing your comment that Jlo can stay at Yamaha for as long as he wants....he cant.

If Rossi cant with his achievements (past), how can you think Jlo can when he hasnt achieved what Rossi has for them?

That was my point which you totally missed. ALL riders have a use-by date. The reason Rossi's is so much longer than anyone elses is his sponsorship value.

You refer to the 7-9 sec gap race in and race out but for 2 years (2011 & 2012), Yamaha did not have a major sponsor...now they do!

Yes - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 8:20 AM

@Dave
Im simply disputing your comment that Jlo can stay at Yamaha for as long as he wants....he cant.
If Rossi cant with his achievements (past), how can you think Jlo can when he hasnt achieved what Rossi has for them?

Yes he can, 26 years old and title contender, as long as he can win titles he can stay as long as he wish till younger and faster came.


"... but for 2 years (2011 & 2012), Yamaha did not have a major sponsor...now they do!"

If you think Monster energy - you are wrong, get inform yourself, Monster is not title sponsor for Yamaha factory racing, they still don't have any. So, even Rossi can't secure major title sponsor now for Yamaha factory racing.

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 2:02 PM

What's also really interesting is the second part of this interview which isn't featured here by crash but is on speedweek.de in german. Herve was also asked what the situation was with Bradley Smith's Tech3 contract for 2014. Herve completely side-steps the question and says this instead:

" At the moment Cal and Bradley are with us. We are still in the first 1/3 of the season and are concentrating 100% on that. I have sponsor that are investing into this team and expect results. For me the results in 2013 are also a priority. I am more concerned about this year than questions about which riders i will have for next year. The French GP is very important for me, not just because we are a french team. Monster is the GP sponsor, and the French GP is also important for our other sponsors such as Black & Decker, Stanley, DeWalt, Motul and also for Yamaha Motor France. That's why we are more concerned about this upcoming race. The Media like to talk and speculate about riders contracts, for

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 2:04 PM

for us it is not the main priority at this moment in time."

HMMMMMMM........

He basically contradicting himself going into detail about Cal contract situation, but when it comes to Bradley all of the sudden contracts are not a priority. If i was Smith, i would try and improve my results in a hurry. Otherwise he might find Herve trying to break his contract for next year....

prof-x - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 7:28 PM

If Tech3 are running that 'lean' it's hard to see them letting Cal go, just wouldn't make sense unless they have a well sponsored rider in mind. Is Pol getting a lot of sponsorship? Tech 3's credibility would take a hit if Cal left, its hard to see them letting him go unless they are offered quite a bit of money.

Careful son! - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 7:44 PM

Just saw the Le Mans Press Conference this evening...

Marquez, Rossi, Lorenzo, Crutchlow, Pedrosa and DePuniet answering questions.

Cal once again criticising Yamaha, them immediately saying how well the bike and his team is working. He really didn't look happy and almost looked angry. He didn't smile once. Something's going on...

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