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Forward Racing Sign Toni Elias, Will Race Remainder Of Season

Things appear to be looking up for Forward Racing. After a very dark period when the future of the team was in danger, following the arrest of team owner Giovanni Cuzari, the team is moving on to a slightly more stable footing. Earlier this week, they announced that former Moto2 champion Toni Elias is to ride for the team for the last five races of the 2015 season. Elias will be replacing Claudio Corti, who has stood in for Stefan Bradl after the German departed for Aprilia.

Though the press release makes no mention of it, it seems likely that the signing of Elias will help strengthen the financial basis of the team. Speaking to MotoMatters.com and MCN at Misano, team boss Cuzari said that "95%" of the team's sponsors had returned after he had explained that the corruption charges against him were to be dropped. Cuzari also expressed optimism at being back in MotoGP for 2016. Though the team is too late to secure the use of Yamahas for next season, Cuzari was confident of obtaining alternative equipment, mentioning talks with both Ducati and Aprilia for the supply of bikes. All that depends on the view of Dorna, however. The fate of the team lies in the hands of senior Dorna management, who must make a decision on whether to allow Forward Racing to race in MotoGP again in 2016. A decision is expected before Aragon.

Below is the press release announcing the signing of Elias:


Toni Elias will be riding the Yamaha Forward until the end of the season

Toni Elias is the new rider of the Forward Racing team until the end of the 2015 season. The former Moto2 World Champion will join, in fact, the Swiss team alongside Loris Baz starting from the Movistar Grand Prix of Aragon scheduled next weekend on the MotorLand track.

It will be a welcome return to the premier class of motorcycling for the Spaniard, after debuting in 2005 with the Fortuna Yamaha. Elias has already raced this year in Indianapolis replacing the injured Karel Abraham; he finished the race in 22nd position.

Special thanks to Claudio Corti who raced with the team from the Sachsenring Grand Prix until the home race at Misano. We would like to praise him for his professionalism especially when facing such a difficult situation; we wish him the best for his future and his career.

Giovanni Cuzari

"We are delighted to welcome Toni Elias to our team for the rest of the season, five races to go, two of which are in Spain. We are proud to have a former World Champion riding the Yamaha Forward for the remaining 5 races. Special thanks to Claudio, who has always been close to Forward Racing, and has stayed with us in the past few races putting himself fully at the team disposal".

Toni Elias -24

"I can’t be happier to be back racing in MotoGP. This year I was already on track at Indianapolis but only for one race, with Forward I get the chance to finish the season. I wish to thank Giovanni and the whole team for this great opportunity. The goal is to work hard and enjoy the ride: the results will come. I am very motivated and enthusiastic”.

Ducati Retain Davies And Giugliano For 2016 World Superbike Season

The Aruba.it Ducati World Superbike squad is to remain unchanged for the 2016 season. Today, Ducati announced that they will be retaining Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano as their riders for next year, making it three seasons in a row the Ducati line up has remained the same.

The announcement is no real surprise. Davies has excelled in 2015, chasing likely 2015 champion Jonathan Rea all year, and currently beating last year's champ Tom Sykes into third place. Teammate Giugliano has had a much tougher season, suffering a couple of huge crashes which have caused him to miss five of the ten rounds held so far. There was some doubt as to whether Giugliano could continue racing, after crashing and fracturing his vertebrae for the second time in a year. Giugliano is set to sit out the rest of 2015, but hopes to be fit again for 2016. Ducati test rider Michele Pirro will replace Giugliano at the upcoming Jerez round of WSBK.

Below is the press release announcing the re-signing of Davies and Giugliano.


Chaz Davies, Davide Giugliano and the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team together again in 2016

Arezzo/Borgo Panigale (Italy), Thursday 17 September 2015 - The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team confirms the agreement made with both of its current riders, Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, for the 2016 season.

Contract renewal for Davies and Giugliano ensures that the Italian squad and manufacturer can count on the talents of the two riders and on the continuity of the experience of the last two seasons completed by the Welshman and the Italian on board the Panigale R. 2016 therefore marks the third year that the Ducati line-up remains unchanged, and the second year for the Davies-Giugliano pairing within the Italian team.

Davies, currently second in the general standings, has obtained a series of great results this season, accumulating fourteen podium finishes, including four wins, from the twenty races run thus far. Strengthened by his fourth win achieved prior to the summer break at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia, the British rider is feeling confident ahead of the final three rounds of the season and subsequent winter testing. Unfortunately Giugliano has had an extremely unlucky year, with two accidents at Phillip Island and Laguna Seca meaning that he has been able to compete in only 10 of the season’s 26 races. Despite his prolonged absences, the Roman rider has nevertheless scored two pole positions and reached the podium on three occasions, and is now keen to return to the track as soon as possible together with his team-mate and the rest of the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #7)

“I’m very happy to have put pen to paper for another year with Ducati and the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team. This year we’ve made progress race after race, obtaining some very strong results especially in recent months. I believe it is important - for me, the team and for Ducati - to keep that continuity and I consider this a really good opportunity because I am confident about the development and improvement in performance. Together with Ducati and the team, we’ve continued to move in the right direction right from the start, but we can do more and I’m convinced that next year the bike will allow me to be even faster. The contract renewal is great payback for my work and I hope to be able to reward the team and Ducati with great results in 2016.”

Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #34)

“I’m really pleased to have renewed with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team. Ducati has always meant a great deal to me and to have the chance to continue to work with these people, who show such professionalism and compassion, is fundamental for a rider like me. The team is like a big family, of which I feel very much a part. I am of course very sorry for how this season has turned out, after what happened at the start of the year in Australia and then also at Laguna Seca but in those races that we have completed we’ve always given it our all and scored some important results. I am therefore very happy to be able to continue on the path that I’ve started along with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team members. Physically, it will take a little more time for me to return to full fitness. We don’t yet know exactly when I’ll be able to begin winter testing but I’m doing all I can to be back on my Panigale R as soon as possible.”

Stefano Cecconi – Team Principal

“We’re very pleased to be able to continue the relationship with both our riders, thus giving maximum continuity to the work completed this season, which has brought both us and our fans great satisfaction. Chaz will be able to continue on the path that has already seen him score a crescendo of fantastic results this season and reach a very high level of competitiveness and synergy with his bike. Davide, owing to his double injury, was only able to take part in a few races and was not 100% fit but he nevertheless showed great talent and speed: we are therefore confident that we will see him reach his full potential in 2016.”

Paolo Ciabatti – Ducati Corse Sporting Director

“We never had any doubts about reconfirming our riders because we are convinced that they are two of the greatest talents in the current Superbike World Championship. This season Chaz has been able to demonstrate his maturity, as well as his speed, finally scoring the first win for the Panigale R. Davide has had a really unlucky season, but we are sure that he is an extremely fast rider and so we want to put him in the best conditions in which to be able to show his full potential next year. The development work on the Panigale R for 2016 is progressing according to plan, with the aim of providing our two riders with an even more competitive bike, which will allow them to be frontrunners in the next Superbike World Championship.”

Miguel Oliveira Signs For Leopard Racing In Moto2

Leopard Racing have confirmed that they will be moving up to Moto2 in 2016. Today, they announced the first of their signings for a two man team, with Miguel Oliveira moving up to make the switch to Moto2. It is believed that Danny Kent, currently leading the Moto3 championship, is also in the frame for the Moto2 seat at Leopard, but Kent is still eyeing a possible option in MotoGP. News is expected from Kent's camp early next week.

Below is the press release announcing Oliveira's signing:


LEOPARD RACING REACH AGREEMENT WITH MIGUEL OLIVEIRA FOR MOTO2

Leopard Racing proudly announces a contract signed with Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira to compete in Moto2 in 2016.

After just one year as new colourful entry in Grand Prix racing on world stage, Leopard Racing is to start a project in the highly competitive Moto2 category alongside to its Moto3 outfit. With Miguel Oliveira, a young and promising rider is signed for the 2016 campaign in the intermediate category of the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship. The agreement was finally reached during the weekend at the San Marino Grand Prix.

20 years old Oliveira, born in Portugal’s city of Pragal, will make his step up to Moto2 with the conclusion of the 2015 season. Oliveira currently occupies fifth spot of the Moto3 standings with already two race wins to his hands this season.

#44 Miguel OLIVEIRA:

“Honestly speaking I’m playing around with this idea since the beginning of this year. Of course it will be a big step for me, but I feel I’m ready to do it. Moto2 is a very difficult category so I’ll need a lot of training to start this new chapter in my career well prepared because we’ve seen many riders to enter this class but struggling to adapt to it quickly. Anyway, I’m convinced that I’m doing it with the right team, I trust in the guys around me as well as in the whole project. I think we’re going be successful. From my side I only can say that I’ll put my 200 percent in this stage of my career and I’ll try and do my best from the very first beginning. I’m really happy to reach this agreement with such a successful team and with an experienced crew.”

Miodrag KOTUR (Leopard Racing):

"First of all, we are pleased that Miguel Oliveira has seen what we want to achieve with our global road-racing programme. We’ve been watching him for some months and there is no doubt that Miguel is a rider of great talent and potential. We certainly feel he can open a few eyes. We are very confident that his smart riding style will suit perfectly with a Moto 2 bike. We are looking forward to meeting the Moto 2 World championship challenge with this young rider."

Provisional 2016 MotoGP Calendar Released: Austria In, Indy Out, Silverstone Moved

The FIM today released a provisional calendar for MotoGP in 2016, featuring much that was expected and a few surprises. The calendar will once again have 18 races, with Indianapolis dropped and Austria taking its place. The biggest change in the calendar is the moving of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, which vacates its late August slot for the middle of July.

That move, and the scheduling of Austria and Brno back to back, will not be popular with the circuits. The British MotoGP round comes just three weeks after the F1 race at Silverstone, due to be held at the end of June. Silverstone will fear that having the two biggest events of the year in the space of a month will mean that they cannibalize attendance, with spectators choosing to attend either F1 or MotoGP. When there were two months between the two races, the chances of fans attending both were greater.

As for Brno and Austria, the Brno circuit feared that having Austria a week before their race would see German fans choosing to go to Austria rather than Brno, with an impact on attendance. So far, though, Dorna has prevailed in discussions.

The loss of Indianapolis is a consequence of the sanctioning fee demanded by Dorna. So far, Dorna have subsidized the round at Indy, the amount they were being paid not sufficient to cover the cost of transporting the bikes and teams to and from the US. Dorna had wanted to raise the fee to cover the full costs, IMS were unwilling to pay that amount to stage the race.

Below is the press release announcing the calendar:


FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
2016 provisional Calendar, 11 September  

Date Grand Prix Venue
20 March Qatar* Losail International Circuit
03 April República Argentina Termas de Río Hondo
10 April Americas Circuit of The Americas
24 April Spain Circuito de Jerez**
08 May France Le Mans
22 May Italy Autodromo del Mugello
05 June Catalunya Barcelona - Catalunya
26 June Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
10 July Germany Sachsenring
17 July Great Britain Silverstone Circuit
14 August Austria Red Bull Ring - Spielberg
21 August Czech Republic Automotodrom Brno**
11 September San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
25 September Aragón MotorLand Aragón
09 October Malaysia Sepang International Circuit
16 October Japan Twin Ring Motegi
23 October Australia Phillip Island
06 November Comunitat Valenciana Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo

* Evening Race
** Subject to contract  

 

 

Scott Jones Shoots Silverstone - Rainy Race Day


In the wet, there was only ever going to be one winner from this battle


Clear visors make watching motorcycle racing in the rain even more interesting


Smoke, steam, or spray? You choose


Preparing bike swaps. Rules on bike positioning are taken very seriously indeed


Yonny Hernandez was one of several riders to crash out of the MotoGP race


You know how this feels, and it's not good


Fast at last, and off to Ducati


Andrea Dovizioso got back on the podium again at last


What the riders leave behind. Rubber everywhere


Jack Miller got a brilliant start, chasing down his teammate, before taking down his teammate


After his first podium, Danilo Petrucci told the press he kept expecting to wake from a dream


Tensest part of the day for Pol Espargaro


Nicky Hayden had a great result at Silverstone, winning the Open class


Love is... helping your future husband chase his dream


Not Bradley Smith's best result, but another solid finish on his way to his best year in MotoGP


He went thattaway


Toughest task on the grid? Selecting the next Elite:Dangerous mission


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Scott Jones Shoots Silverstone - Saturday Qualifying


Bradl The Brilliant Bavarian. Pretty good on an Aprilia too.


Bradley Smith. The sixth best motorcycle racer in the world, at the moment


Speed. Andrea Iannone in motion


#41. So Aleix knows which bike to get on


This could have been taken at any race. Ironic, given that Scott Redding had a fantastic weekend at Silverstone


Desmo Dovi, mediocre in qualifying, brilliant in the race


CWM's loss is photography's gain. Wonderful colors on Cal Crutchlow's bike


Loris Baz has been impressive on the Forward Yamaha, making rapid progress in the Open class


Who says Superbike riders don't get their elbow down? Eugene Laverty has adapted quickly, and shone at Silverstone


Big speed in a little package


The fastest pensioner in the west. Or the east, for that matter


One fast Colombian


Marc Marquez is fast again, much to the chagrin of the Movistar Yamaha men


Maverick, motoring


On Saturday, you would not have bet against this man. You would have lost your money, though


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Scott Redding Confirmed with Pramac Ducati For 2016

Scott Redding is to ride for Pramac Ducati in 2016. The Pramac squad announced today that the British rider will be riding alongside Danilo Petrucci on board a Ducati Desmosedici GP15.

The news means that Redding is to leave the Marc VDS squad, who had moved up to MotoGP to form a team around the English rider. But Redding never gelled with the Honda RC213V which he has been racing this year, and found it difficult to get any feeling with the bike. Redding only occasionally showed flashes of his potential, struggling outside of the top ten for most of the season. 

Redding had made no secret of his desire to leave. At Assen, he told reporters of his regrets about choosing the Honda, letting slip that he was keeping an eye on the Pramac team, and the performance of the bike. Redding had a test with Ducati in 2012, and had come away enthusiastic about the bike, and working with Ducati. Ducati were also very positive about Redding, and were keen to get him inside the factory's orbit.

That commitment is what attracted Redding to the Pramac ride. On the Honda, Redding has felt  like just another rider for HRC, given no special help to try to solve his problems. Ducati have shown him support, and the Italian factory will be very closely involved with Redding and his crew. Though the deal announced is only for 2016, it is likely to be the first step in a longer term relationship with Redding.

Who takes Redding's spot at Marc VDS is still undecided. The obvious choice would be reigning Moto2 world champion Tito Rabat. But that deal is not as simple to put together as the team had hoped. There is still some disagreement over the terms under which the reigning Moto2 world champion will ride for the team, with talks ongoing about the situation.

Below is the press release from the Pramac team:


Scott Redding joins Octo Pramac Racing for 2016 MotoGP World Championship

Octo Pramac Racing wishes to announce that it has reached an agreement with the British rider Scott Redding, who will race for the Italian team in the 2016 MotoGP World Championship on a Ducati Desmosedici GP.

Born in Quedgeley (UK) on January 4th 1993, Redding joined the 125cc championship at just 15 years of age and he then made history on June 22nd 2008 as the youngest-ever rider to step onto the top of the podium in a world championship race with his win in the British GP.

In 2010 he moved up into the Moto2 category, in which he took three race wins and a total of fourteen podiums, while his MotoGP debut came in the 2014 season with the Gresini Team. This season Scott is racing in the colours of the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Team.

Scott Jones Shoots Silverstone - Friday Practice


Valentino Rossi, pondering tire use


With CWM gone, the LCR bikes are looking prettier. Even Jack Miller's which was less encumbered by the troubled sponsor


For someone who looks set to abandon the Honda, Scott Redding looks like a happy man on it


The downside to winglets. You need a lot of spares


Marquez at Silverstone. Finding a way to be fast


Early morning ritual: roll the bikes out and help them roar into life


The King of England


Eugene Laverty was good here in WSS, good here in WSBK, so no surprise he is good at Silverstone on a MotoGP bike


Green and black, fighting colors


Keeping an eye on the competition. Not threat yet, but be wary of the future


Big skies. Silverstone is like Assen in that respect


The Maniac? Not so much nowadays, but fast nonetheless


Suzuki sweeper


The perils of missing sponsors. Need a lot of tape to cover them up


Total control, believe it or not

 


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Cal Crutchlow Signs On For Two More Years With LCR Honda

Yesterday, it was Bradley Smith, today it is Cal Crutchlow. On Wednesday, the LCR Honda team announced that Cal Crutchlow will be riding with the team for two more seasons. The deal will see Crutchlow staying with LCR for 2016, giving him an option to stay on for 2017 as well.

Crutchlow's deal has been a long time coming. Talks were started as early as Barcelona, with Crutchlow looking for a two-year extension with LCR. Honda were keen to keep Crutchlow within the ranks, as the Englishman has been able to provide valuable feedback to HRC for the RC213V. With Honda having taken a wrong path for this season, having an extra rider to provide development input has been important. Crutchlow's results have been solid this year, including a podium at Argentina, though he has also found himself in the gravel a number of times.

There had been a brief flirtation with Pramac Ducati, Crutchlow entering talks with the satellite Ducati team about racing for the Italian factory once again. This, however, appears to have been more of a bargaining chip to use with Honda, rather than a serious attempt to return to the fold at Bologna. 

The announcement from LCR also contains the first public acknowledgement that the team's sponsorship deal with CWM is at an end. It has been a troubled relationship from the start, with London's City Police raiding CWM's offices in London on suspicion of fraud back in April, and company boss Anthony Constantinou having been charged on multiple counts of sexual assault. CWM had already paid most of the sponsorship money owed to LCR, but after failing to pay the final instalment, believed to be over €1 million, the sponsorship contract was terminated. From Silverstone, CWM will disappear from the bikes, LCR returning to their previous system of rotating title sponsors each event. This weekend, it is Givi on the bike.

Crutchlow's signing with LCR does not mean the end of Jack Miller's slot with the team. Sources close to the team are confident that LCR will be able to continue to run two bikes in 2016, with Miller on the second machine.

With Crutchlow and Smith now signed up ahead of Silverstone, the question is whether more British riders will announce their futures this weekend. Danny Kent had been linked to the Pramac Ducati ride at Brno, but since then, the Moto3 championship leader has had competition from Scott Redding, who has struggled with the Honda RC213V and has happy memories of testing the Desmosedici. Sam Lowes has a precontract with Aprilia, though there have been some suggestions that Aprilia may be looking elsewhere. Kent, Redding and Lowes are less likely to make their announcement at Silverstone, as talks for Kent and Redding are still at an early stage, and Aprilia are more likely to wait until their home GP at Misano to make an announcement. Moto3 rider John McPhee is still in early talks with a number of Moto3 teams.

Below is the press release from LCR on the Crutchlow deal:


CAL CRUTCHLOW RENEWS DEAL WITH LCR HONDA TEAM

LCR Honda is pleased to announce that the British rider Cal Crutchlow will extend his cooperation with Honda HRC and the LCR Team managed by Lucio Cecchinello for the 2016 season, with a further option for 2017.

Based on the Isle of Man, 29 year-old Crutchlow has so far claimed 74 points this season on board the factory-spec Honda RC213V, including a stunning podium finish at the Grand Prix of Argentina.

LCR is also pleased to announce that GIVI (a long-term partner of the LCR Honda Team) will be the Title Sponsor on Crutchlow's Honda RC213V at his home race, the British Grand Prix, at Silverstone this weekend.

Lucio Cecchinello (Team Principal):”I am happy to announce the extension of our cooperation with Cal, who is one of the most talented riders in the whole MotoGP field. He has got the skills and the potential to battle with the top riders and fight for the podium spots, as he demonstrated in Argentina earlier this season. Cal is extremely professional and during the season we have built up a great rapport. it's a pleasure to be working with Cal again in 2016 and I look forward to the years to come"

Cal Crutchlow: "I am very happy to continue my relationship with LCR for 2016 and 2017. Lucio has a fantastic team and I look forward to growing further with them and with Honda. We started the season well and I believe we can score some great results in the rest of this year and in the season to come."

LCR Honda Team would like to sincerely thank CWM for their support.

Bradley Smith Extends Contract With Tech 3 For 2016

Bradley Smith has signed on for another season with the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team. The British rider has extended his contract, and will continue to ride for the team in 2016.

The announcement and its timing had been widely expected, coming as it does just days before the start of the British round of MotoGP at Silverstone. Smith had made it clear since before the summer break that he wanted to stay with Tech 3, but the contract took longer to put together than hoped. Smith spoke of his frustration about the situation at Indianapolis, though by Brno, some progress appeared to have been made. The deal was finalized shortly after the Czech round of MotoGP, just in time to be announced at his home race.

The stumbling block to a new contract was ensuring that Smith received equal treatment with Tech 3 teammate Pol Espargaro for 2016. This had been a thorn in Smith's side throughout the season, as upgrades such as a new chassis arrived on Espargaro's side of the garage, but were not available for Smith. As the Englishman has lead his teammate in the championship throughout the 2015 season, Smith felt that he too deserved better treatment from Yamaha. Talks with the factory at Indianapolis helped clear the air, opening the way for a deal to be signed.

Smith deliberately chose to sign just a one-year deal, to put him in sync with the rest of the MotoGP field. At the end of 2016, both Yamahas, both Hondas, both Ducatis, at least one Suzuki and one Aprilia seat will be open, as well as both seats at Tech 3, and possibly other satellite rides as well. If Smith, or any other young rider, has any hope of a factory contract, the 2017 season will be their first shot at obtaining one. Silly season for 2017 is likely to start very early next year, and get very silly indeed in its early stages.

Smith is unlikely to be the only British rider announcing a contract in the run up to the Silverstone round of MotoGP. Cal Crutchlow is believed to be very close to announcing a two-year extension of his contract with Honda, while Danny Kent and Sam Lowes could also make announcements on their future. Scott Redding could also clinch a new deal at Silverstone, but any possible switch from the Marc VDS team is still a long way from being agreed.

Below is the press release from Tech 3 on the deal:


Smith signs with Monster Yamaha Tech3 for 2016

Bradley Smith and the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team are delighted to have reached an agreement that will see the British rider remain with the team for the 2016 season aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1. The contract extension comes as Smith is currently undertaking his most successful MotoGP season to date, where he has finished no lower than 8th so far. Furthermore, he stands in fifth position and at the head of the satellite rankings in the championship after some highly impressive performances. Next season will be the British stars fourth season in the premier class with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team and his sixth in total after joining the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team in 2011. In his first term in MotoGP, Smith finished collecting more points than any other British rookie and he followed that success with another hard fought campaign in 2014 with a personal highlight of a superbly executed podium at Phillip Island. Furthermore, the Briton was part of this year's Suzuka 8 hour conquering team with Yamaha Factory Racing who won the elite event after 19 years. Smith will now focus on the remaining rounds in this season and will seek to battle as close as possible to the Factory MotoGP bikes before aiming to challenge for podiums in 2016 aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1.

Bradley Smith

"Obviously, I am really pleased to be able to continue this journey with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team and it's fantastic news to resign for another season. We will be going into our sixth year together and I must say that it is certainly nice to be giving the guys the results and performances that they deserve at the moment. So far in 2015, I have been finishing where we want to be which is very positive, as I'm sure that I am in debt to them for the first two years in the premier class! Everyone in the team has put their faith in me again and we know that 2016 will be tricky due to the changes in regulations, however, I am optimistic that this will give the satellite riders more of a chance to be competitive. Therefore I am confident about going into next year, as I know that everything will be fairer so we will continue to work together and we fully intend to take our sponsors onto the podium. 2016 will be exciting and I am more than pleased about being able to ride aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 and with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team."

Hervé Poncharal - Team manager :

"I am super happy and proud to finally announce that Bradley Smith will remain with our team for one more year. Brad will hold the record with Colin Edwards for the amount of time in the premier class with Tech3, which is four years and this shows that he will be a very important rider in the team's history. Of course, he deserves to be given the opportunity by the team together with Factory Yamaha to ride an M1 for another season after having had a fantastic first part of the year. In addition, the incredible win that he achieved with Pol and Nakasuga at the Suzuka 8 Hours was really impressive and he made us proud. Now we hope that the fact that his future is sorted will give him a big boost for his upcoming home GP and I am sure that he is going to be even stronger in the final rounds of the 2015 season compared to what we have seen so far."


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