This weekend's French MotoGP is not only the home event for Tech 3 Yamaha, but is also sponsored by the team's main-backer Monster.
Tech 3 rookie Cal Crutchlow is making his Le Mans MotoGP debut this weekend, but experienced team-mate Colin Edwards will be starting his ninth premier-class race at the stop-and-go circuit.
Since his 2003 debut, Edwards has claimed three front-row starts and two podiums at Le Mans and arrives at the 2011 event on the back of a sixth place at Estoril.
The Texan then matched that position in the following one-day test, having worked on a range of suspension settings to improve rear grip with his M1.
“I am really looking forward to Le Mans because it is a track where I've had a lot of success at in the past,” said Edwards, who formed part of a Yamaha 1-2-3 behind Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo in the 2008 race.
“The Yamaha has always worked well there too, with the sweet handling characteristics of our bike suiting the layout of the track.
“We had a really good test after the race in Portugal and found a good direction to work with for improving rear grip and that should help us a lot. The new Yamaha chassis has a lot of potential but we still have to understand it a lot more to get the best performance out of it.
“A top six in Portugal is going to be hard to repeat because the field is so strong this season, but that's what I'll be aiming for. This weekend is huge for Tech 3 and Monster and I'll be giving it 100 per cent to deliver a good result for both.”