Team Monster Yamaha Tech3
The French-based Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is one of the most experienced competing in the MotoGP world championship, with its proud history traced back to 1989.
Located in Provence in southern France, the team was formed by Herve Poncharal and colleagues and began its Grand Prix adventure by contesting the 250 World Championship with Dominique Sarron. In 1993 Tech 3 ran American John Kocinski in the 250 series, then two years later signed emerging talent Olivier Jacque.
It was to be a partnership that elevated Tech 3 and Jacque’s profile to a new level. The French rider won a dramatic 250 title in the last race against team-mate Shinya Nakano at Phillip Island in 2000 – the Tech 3 team thrilling fans worldwide with one of the closest finishes to a title fight in history.
A year later in 2001, Tech 3 further enhanced its growing reputation by joining the MotoGP class, starting a long and successful collaboration with Yamaha in the premier series.
Nakano scored Tech 3 its first MotoGP podium in Germany in 2001. And since then some of the biggest talents in racing have spent time riding for Tech 3, including Norick Abe, Carlos Checa, Alex Barros, Marco Melandri, Colin Edwards, Ben Spies, Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso.
Now an integral part of Yamaha’s hugely successful MotoGP effort, Tech 3 has enjoyed tremendous success in its recent history. Edwards scored four top three finishes in his spell with Tech 3, while Spies enjoyed a fantastic rookie campaign in 2010 to claim a stunning debut MotoGP podium at Silverstone and a brilliant pole position and second place in his home race in Indianapolis.
Spies’ natural talent and the experience and dedication of the Tech 3 Yamaha Team ensured the Texan quickly earned a coveted seat in Yamaha’s Factory MotoGP squad for the 2011 World Championship campaign.
2012 has undoubtedly been the most successful year for Tech 3 in its premier class history. The signing of Italian Andrea Dovizioso was a major coup for Tech 3 and he has already established himself as the Team’s most successful rider ever after only 12 races of the current season.
Dovizioso has scored five podium finishes, while Tech 3 has confirmed its status as the leading independent team in the coveted Team World Championship having seen at least one rider on the podium in 50% of the races in 2012.
British rider Crutchlow has also helped raise the profile of Tech 3 with an outstanding second season. The 2009 World Supersport champion has emerged as a consistent top five challenger and he recently scored a landmark maiden podium with third place in Brno.