MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE Herve Poncharal (Tech 3 Moto2) - Q&A

“Everybody has had - one way or another - the opposition chassis in their garage and everybody knows more or less what the others are doing” - Herve Poncharal.

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November 05, 2013 8:31 AM

What a thoroughly decent human being Herve Poncharal is. It is nice to read about a guy doing it for the love of the sport and following things in the true spirit. It is also good to see his comments about Sam Lowes, though the way the latter has acted then he can't expect to gain much respect. Top man Herve.


November 05, 2013 9:18 AM

"Some other teams have been under pressure from riders bringing money, saying 'change chassis, change, change'. It didn't change anything if you look at the results. "

Seemed to work pretty well for Redding, but then again he stepped up another level in his second year with Kalex (but the combined helped there).


November 05, 2013 1:59 PM

Couple of unanswered questions.
If the Moriwaki is capable of a win, is the tech3?
If yes, then why has it not won in 4 seasons?
If no, then why has it fallen so far behind the other 'almost equal' teams?


November 05, 2013 3:27 PM

I think those questions have been answered. He said he thinks all chassis can win and he also said he's interested in finding a rider that is both fast and young enough to make it to MotoGP. What I read from that is that he thinks guys like DeAngelis could win on his bike, but that they are too old to make it in MotoGP, so he sticks to the youngsters.


November 05, 2013 3:58 PM

He already has a young and fast rider in GP - B Smith. However, in 2 seasons he could only manage 3 podiums (and complained regularly that the bike wasn't competitive). I dont think anyone who has been on the mistral has had a good word to say about it.
If we accept the riders opinion, then a good youngster is likely to avoid T3 and go for a better machine elsewhere to show his talents rather than be a mid to rear also ran. Like Kent, Simeon and possibly Espargaro.
T3 only get the choice of the best-of-the-rest as the top new riders go elsewhere first.


November 05, 2013 10:52 PM


But compared to other Moto2 rookies to where Kent is he's doing pretty well. (Torres being a rookie to GP, but from Spanish Moto2 championship so knows the bike style)


November 06, 2013 8:13 AM

True entrepreneur Herve is, he gave BS a chance with his team moved him up to GP went against all the doubters and crap that was said about the decision and guess what Bradley Smith is actually doing a great job on the M1. If Smith improves next season then he will be doing as good if not better as many former world 250/moto2 champs have done in the top class.

Some riders guys just need to be given a go and some one to take a risk Herve has taken on many riders he knows whats what and in his words whats BS and I don't mean Bradley Smith.

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