With Sylvain Guintoli
The Tech3 Team is pleased to announce that the Yamaha- Dunlop project will continue in 2007 with a two-rider line-up.
After signing Makoto Tamada last week, Tech3 Yamaha has completed its 2007 squad with the addition of French 250cc rider and current
Tech 3 test rider Sylvain Guintoli.
Hervé Poncharal, Team Principal of Tech3 Yamaha, said: "I am very grateful to Yamaha for supporting us for one more season and enabling us to have two riders on the new 800cc motorcycle. Furthermore, I am very happy to announce that Sylvain Guintoli will be our second rider alongside Makoto Tamada. The Tech3 Yamaha Team will be the only team to run Dunlop tyres in MotoGP and we are delighted that we will have such a talented line-up to continue with the great work that we've done in 2006."
"It's a dream come true for me to finally step up to the MotoGP class," added French star Guintoli. "Hervé and I have known each other for years and to be given the chance to ride with a Yamaha factory team is a fantastic opportunity for me. I want to thank Hervé Poncharal and Yamaha for this chance and I can't wait to begin working with them."
Guintoli had began testing with the team after the Chinese Grand Prix this season, and to many this spelt the beginning of the end for British rider James Ellison in the Tech 3 Yamaha ranks. The Cumbrian rider will be assessing his options before 2007, looking to continue in the premier class after a difficult season and show his true class.
DORNA / CAPSIS International