MotoGP » Tech 3 staying Factory, 'confident' of seamless

Aleix Espargaro's Open pace will not change Tech 3's 2014 MotoGP plans - Herve Poncharal 'confident' Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro will receive seamless Yamaha gearbox.

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February 07, 2014 7:51 AM

Am I missing something? I thought there was a development freeze on factory bikes during the year - if they don't get the seamless shift before the start of the season, surely they won't be seeing it until the end of year post-season test in Valencia...?


February 07, 2014 8:11 AM

Actually tech3 and factory team uses almost the same engine, if factory team can start using it inbetween the season then why can't the tech3 team... but it won't come as soon as Herve Poncharal expects,, we know how long the factory riders waited for it... first thing is cost and next thing is factory riders will be given another upgrade before tech3 gets seamless...


February 07, 2014 8:25 AM

Aleix may just be an exceptional rider, but i would change to open class for Tech 3, what have they got to lose? More development, more fuel, more engines its a no brainer!


February 07, 2014 4:09 PM

Some folk should read the story b4 commenting, the clue to the legality of the gearbox is there.

Looks like Herves very very happy with Brads speed, the long runs on day 3 were all about sorting the bikes race pace, just like Lorenzo Brad knows one fast lap means nothing,on day 2 Brad dipped into the 2,00's 3 times.

Anyway good luck to the lad this season, one thing Pols not going to hang round and will put his own balls on the line with his fighting attitude


February 08, 2014 4:52 AM

I'm thinking the extra engines, fuel and softer rear might be worth some 10ths over a lap . I guess time will tell if the spec ECU software will be able to manage the tire over race distance. I think we might see some great qual results for AE with the softer rear and prototype engine. The only adv the tech 3 boys have now is the software for the spec ECU


February 08, 2014 10:08 AM

Aleix is a really interesting one. His performance in the lower classes were certainly nothing to shout about, and his early days in MotoGP were poor, but probably hampered by a Ducati. Then he gets a good CRT bike under him, and who knows just how good it was. The comparison to Edwards doesn't hold water because as good a rider as Colin is (and my favourite paddock character) he is past his sell by date. Perhaps Aleix has used all those years away from any great expectations to hone his skills. Some riders take longer to mature. As for now, he has a works bike with more fuel and softer tyre, but even taking that into consideration you don't lap that quickly without a great deal of ability! Interesting to see how the races pan out.


February 08, 2014 1:53 PM

I assume the Factory team were doing fuel checks on long runs during testing.
I wonder if they might not be better off looking at the Open class with Rossi. We know he struggled with the fuel last year & couldn't push the whole race. Having the speed he showed this week, but not being able to use it doesn't make any sense.

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