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Moto2: Tech 3 celebrate first 600cc win

Tech 3 secured its first grand prix win since its title-winning 2000 season in the former 250cc class, when Yuki Takahashi took the team's Moto2 machine to an 'historic' victory during a dramatic race in Catalunya on Sunday.

Best known for running Yamaha's satellite MotoGP team, Tech 3 returned to the intermediate grand prix class for 2010 (in addition to MotoGP) as both a team and constructor - designing and racing its own chassis under the new 600cc rules.

Takahashi had given the team three front row starts and a best race finish of fourth heading into round seven, but the Japanese had only scored points in half of the races (and team-mate Raffaele d Rosa is still to score a point).

Team principal Herve Poncharal had pledged to develop the Moto2 chassis relentlessly throughout the season, and a crucial contribution to the Catalunya victory came from project partner and technical head Guy Coulon.

"I have to say a special thanks to Guy Coulon," said Poncharal. "He left Assen last weekend and went back to our workshop to modify the chassis and he seems to have done a really good job!"

Starting second on the grid, Takahashi dropped back to fifth in the early stages of a race that saw big accidents at both the start and finish.

The Japanese was back up to second on lap seven and the key moment of the race came when it emerged that leader Andrea Iannone had earlier overtaken Takahashi under a yellow flag following the first corner pile-up.

Iannone was penalised with a ride through penalty having failed to give up the position gained, leaving Takahashi to claim his first win since the German 250cc Grand Prix in 2006.

“I am a little bit speechless right now because I expected to be on the podium but this win is like a dream for me," said Takahashi, who was picked up by Tech 3 after losing his MotoGP ride midway through last season.

Tagged as: Assen , Catalunya , moto2 , Tech 3

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