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Yamaha Tech 3 team unveils new livery for 2012

'I learned a lot in my first season and although I still have much less experience than most of my rivals, my target is to be much closer to the front' - Cal Crutchlow
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team showcased its 2012 livery ahead of the new 1000cc MotoGP World Championship era at Jerez in Spain today.

The team's riders, Britain's Cal Crutchlow and Italy's Andrea Dovizioso, have both impressed in pre-season testing to date and the pair will be aiming to maintain their form in the final MotoGP test at Jerez, which gets under way on Friday.

Crutchlow said: “2012 will be my second season in the MotoGP World Championship and the second season with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team and I am really looking forward to it. The team has been working great all through the winter and Yamaha has done a fantastic with the new YZR-M1.

“Development never stops and I know Yamaha is continuing to work incredibly hard, so I am convinced I can have a much stronger season in 2012 with their support behind me.

“I learned a lot in my first season and although I still have much less experience than most of my rivals, my target is to be much closer to the front,” he added. “I have already shown in testing that the 1000cc bike suits my style better and I am able set some very competitive lap times.

“The level of competition though is once again unbelievably high, but if I can be close to the factory bikes and be top independent team rider, I will be very happy.”

Dovizioso - switching to Yamaha after spending his entire full-time grand prix career on Hondas - was the leading M1 rider at the end of the Sepang Tests, despite still healing from a broken collarbone sustained on a motocross bike.

“This season is a really important one for me and I am looking forward to going racing after a long winter," said Dovi. "We can see that Yamaha has done a very good job with the new YZR-M1 and I believe we will be really competitive.

"I found a very good feeling with the bike at the last test in Sepang but I still have a lot of work to do to fully understand it because it is completely new for me. But we can clearly see that the Yamaha is a bike with a lot of potential, so I'm really confident for the season.




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rab27 - Unregistered

March 23, 2012 12:00 AM

tech 3 shaping up nicely.i think cal has surprised plenty people (me included) with his pace and consistency in testing.hope he can make the next step and transfer test pace to race pace. the stability of the yamaha should suit dovis style,so hopefully they will both be up the sharp end. herve poncharal made an interesting statement last week when talking about cal,he said cal should be happy knowing his equipment is close to that of jorge,spies and dovi.does this mean dovi is on a full factory bike ? im surprised more people didnt pick up on that.with it being the first year of the 1000,s i would imagine customer bikes will be much closer to factory spec anyway before they have a few seasons of development behind them.

Don-R

March 22, 2012 9:01 PM

Not on pace he won't. Dovi might have stuck the faster lap in at the very end of the last test but Crutchlow's race simulations were convincingly quicker - and especially on worn tyres. This year's new Bridgestones are much closer in character to the Pirellis used in WSBK, and the torque characteristics of the new 1000 are closer to a superbike too. So Dovi's 250 experience won't help so much when they're having to slide the bikes around at the end of a race. It's more likely to boil down to consistency rather than outright speed, and we know AD is strong there.



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