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Moto2: Poncharal blames riders

Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal made his feelings clear after Moto2 riders Yuki Takahashi and Raffaele de Rosa both let excitement get the better of them during the first ever race for the new 600cc four-stroke class, at Qatar last weekend.

Tech 3 is one of 15 chassis manufacturers in the new world championship, but the only one to also have an active MotoGP team - whose experience Poncharal has tapped into for the Tech 3 design.

Takahashi and de Rosa put in the best team performance of any riders in qualifying to line up fifth and seventh on the grid, but both were down and out after just eight laps of the 20-lap race.

de Rosa was first to fall, from sixth position on lap 3, with Takahashi then tumbling out of third place on lap 8.

“I am very disappointed because we have put in a lot of effort to make this project competitive right from the start of the season and then we leave the first race without any points,” said Poncharal.

“I don't think there is any doubt that we could have easily had a podium finish tonight but Yuki and Raffaele crashed out early in the race and it was their fault. I'm disappointed because it was important that we finished the race to get some crucial information on how the bike performs over a race distance.

“The only positive thing I can say is that we had a very strong qualifying session and a good first few laps, and that proves the Tech 3 Moto2 package is looking strong for the future."

“I'm sure I had the potential to at least finish in the top ten because I was feeling good in the first couple of laps,” said de Rosa. “But I lost the rear end and crashed and for me that is a big disappointment. I am sorry to the team because they have worked really hard all winter and given me a good bike."

“I felt comfortable in the leading group at the start of the race and I knew that three fast riders like Bradl, de Angelis and Simon were out, so this was a really great chance to claim at least a podium finish,” added Takahashi. “The bike felt really food and that's why I decided to make the attack when I did on Elias. But there were another 13 laps, so it was a bit too early to try and push and I accept this.

“I know the bike is good and that has given me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season. The next race is my home race in Japan, which is hugely important for me. I will be doing my very best to put this early disappointment behind me and get a good result for the Tech 3 Team."

Tech 3's premier-class riders, Ben Spies and Colin Edwards, both reached the finish of their race, in fifth and eighth places.


Tagged as: moto2 , Tech 3 , Qatar

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Cryogeneric

April 16, 2010 6:24 PM

Poncharal puts it bluntly. I understand his desire to win and be competitive, but riders are already under enormous pressure to perform without their boss reminding them of their screw ups. Especially when he does it through the media. Still, it's his team and he can do what he wants. Personally, I think it's best to keep the dissapointment to yourself or express it privately. But that's just me...



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