Saturday, August 8

YAMAHA CONTINUES WITH POL ESPARGARO

UntitledHelping Yamaha win the Coca-Cola Suzuka 8-Hour race for the first time in 19 years has not hurt Pol Espargaró's standing with the Japanese factory: it re-signed him to a further one year contract for MotoGP.



As a result the 24-year-old will continue his MotoGP career for another year with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1.

Espargaró joined the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team for his rookie season in the premier class in 2014, following his championship victory in the Moto2 class the year before.  

He immediately adapted to the MotoGP class achieving sixth position in the championship to claim the accolade of 'Rookie of the Year' as well as 'Top Satellite MotoGP Rider'.

Espargarò currently stands ninth in the 2015 championship.

He says he is looking forward to the rest of the 2015 season, but is particularly excited about 2016.

"This year we are working hard to improve our results that have not been as strong as we would have liked at this point of the year," he said.

"However, next season there will be some important changes in the category, such as the alterations to the technical regulations and especially, the changing of the tyre supplier.  From my point of view, the less you change with regards to the team and the bike, the easier it will be to adapt to all of this.  Despite some tricky moments this year, I know the bike and I know I can continue to work well together with Yamaha and Tech3 in order to achieve our goals. 

"This announcement is also fantastic following the success at Suzuka, where we undertook some really good work together that concluded in the victory which was great for Yamaha and also for my confidence.  Therefore, I hope that this result and the renewal of my contract will help me for the nine races that we still have left in 2015, which is the most important thing for me to focus on right now."