Tech 3 Press Release: Espargaro And Smith To Race For Tech 3 Team In 2014

After the Yamaha press release follows the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team press release, announcing that Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will be teammates for 2014:

Smith and Espargaro form young and talented Monster Yamaha Tech 3 line-up for 2014

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is delighted to confirm that Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro will form a young and exciting line-up for the French-based squad in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship.

British rider Smith has shown tremendous pace and promise in his rookie MotoGP campaign in 2013 and at the halfway stage of the season is only 32-points outside of the top six in the overall rankings.

Smith has adapted quickly to Yamaha’s prototype YZR-M1 machine and he has scored six top 10 finishes in nine races so far, including impressive rides into the top six in Catalunya and Sachsenring.

The 22-year-old has demonstrated great professionalism and willingness to learn in the initial stage of his MotoGP career and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is looking forward to helping Smith progress and follow in the footsteps of compatriot Cal Crutchlow, who has established himself as a consistent podium challenger under the guidance of Herve Poncharal’s squad.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is also thrilled to welcome highly rated Spaniard Espargaro for 2014. The 22-year-old is currently showing why he has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in the World Championship, with three victories in eight races keeping him firmly in the hunt for the 2013 Moto2 crown.

Espargaro made his World Championship debut in the 125cc category at his home round in Barcelona back in 2006 and he has gone onto to win 12 races and claim 27 other podium finishes.

Immensely popular as well as fast, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is looking forward to helping Espargaro showcase his skills on the biggest stage in world motorcycle racing next season.

Today’s announcement further reaffirms the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad’s commitment to developing and nurturing fast talent in MotoGP.


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Pol's brother should have been given the Tech3 ride instead... Pol will never stop Marquez in a fair injury-free fight! What does Yamaha see in Pol? Reading maybe closer to a solution for the MM93 equation than Pol. Where is Hayden going to land?

Rabat, DiMeglio, Terol now Espargaro. Smith has ended up playing second fiddle to yet another Spanish team mate courtesy of Yamahas hiring policy overriding Herves preferred rider lineup. In 2012, as soon as it was confirmed Marquez was going to Repsol Honda Jarvis panicked to sign Pol whatever the cost.

I think one of the biggest reasons Cal went to Ducati is because Jarvis promised Pol the works support Cal so desperately wants. Suzuki 2015 looks like being a better prospect than getting shafted like Ben and Cal before you.

So who is going to be on the satellite bike and who will be on the works spec bike? I'll give you a clue - it's not Herve Poncherals choice.

There's a lot of people doing Bradley a disservice on here because in comparison to MM his rookie season doesn't look good. In truth he's doing better than Crutchlow did, as well as Bradl and Herve is happy so what does it matter? People have been saying he should be out of MotoGP since before he threw a leg over the bike. Well if getting great results and podiums out of second string bikes like the Mistral doesn't deserve recognition what does? Smith, Redding, Iannone, Bradl and Espargaro are the only riders that will now be in MotoGP that have beaten Marquez on occasion and all the Teams except Honda are desperately looking for a rider capable of doing just that.

I agree that the best riders on the grid should get the best bikes - that is just life. But giving this bike to an undeserving guy who also happens to carry yet another Spanish flag is upsetting.
If a Moto2 prospect is to be given the shot at this kind of kit, why should the guy currently winning the M2 championship by a large margin not get it? Let me guess, too my Brits in the series? that's rich.

For all these years I have really like and respected Herve... not sure anymore and the next time I see Jarvis walking through the paddock I may have to accidentally spill my $13.00 Coke on him.

As much as I respect Jorge for his skill and mental toughness (I don't like him per se) and as much a fanboy as I am of Rossi, I may find myself rooting against Yamaha as a manufacturer because of Jarvis.

Come one, everybody has got to see that Espargaro is much more of a talent than Redding. Redding is good, but has been beaten comprehensively by Espargaro in every straight fight they've had. Not to mention the draconian weight rules in Redding's favour.

Pol was the only rider last year who could even come close to challenging Marquez. That alone says something.

Draconian weight rules? Redding still carries more weight than Espargaro despite the rule. At least Scott and Tito Rabat are able to eat this year. That alone speaks volumes about the advantage smaller riders still enjoy. What is wrong with that rule is that it was set based on the average weight of all the current moto 2 riders. That's right an average weight based on midgets and borderline anorexia cases.

Pol and his team have to add dead weight to a bike, that's always worse than having extra weight that you're able to move around. And look, it took them at least 5 races to get it all sorted out. I think that says enough.

I just find it riduclous. Pol really can't help his height or body build. Neither can Redding. Why should one be punished and one helped?

The spec tyres and spec motors introduced with the Moto2 class were supposed to make it as level a field as possible. With limited controlled bhp from the Honda 600s this is where larger riders are disadvantaged and the rule was not only introduced because of fairness, it was also done for health reasons as some of the larger riders were in danger of doing permanent damage to their organs by shedding so much weight to offset the disadvantage. I believe Scott is still about 5kg above the minimum and Pol has only had a small amount of weight added according to Eurosport. You could argue that midgets racing motorbikes is just as fair as fair as 7ft tall guys playing basketball, but if I want to watch dwarf tossing I'll go to the Bulldog bash!

Pol may well have a very minor edge on the 600 moto2 bike compared to SR, but claiming he is more talented is subjective nonsense.

Although we wont have proof until 2014............. if there was ever a rider physically suited to the demands of Moto GP it has to be Scott Redding. I expect him to have an enormous future impact on the sport, its just a pity that he wont be on a proper satellite bike like Pol next year.

That fact is they both deserve to be there and both deserve the same level of equipment (satellite). In reality, if SR develops the way Honda expect him to he has a very good chance of making the Factory / Repsol Squad when DP retires. Historically there was only 1 Spanish rider in HRC at a time, that balance will return at some point.

They (Yamaha) SHOULD have signed Aleix, who's been riding his (you know whats) off to Tech 3 instead. Instead, Yamaha is "investing" in a young (admittedly very fast and very qualified) Moto 2 rider.

Aleix has been putting in giant killing performances and he gets overlooked for his younger brother?


This doth not please me my lords.



Agree 100%. Should have signed his brother who looks like he could at least threaten Marquez some times and who would make a good candidate for the Factory Team once Rossi leaves.


What giants have Aleix killed? A GP rookie and a few Ducatis? If they weren't gonna go for someone younger they would have kept Crutchlow who's beaten an alien or two on occasion.

I dislike this contract crap the manufacturers keep pulling with dictating to "private" teams what riders they will run. They put riders under manufacturers contract then tell the private team you run this guy or you don't get bikes. Why not let the manufacturers run more bikes if that's what they want, and let the private teams actually run what they want. Herve wanted to keep Crutchlow. Herve wasn't allowed to do so.

Well,THEY,Yamaha were blindsided by the Rossi deal.. HRC are well shot of him. Evil Empire was oft layed at the door of Honda,but latterly its a Yamaha issue.
Propping up the old Emporer,not to be confused with the MAX one.
And Bricktop,take note. Aleix,like Mikka Kallio has twisted a Ducati's throttle on several occasions and delivered nothing of note, much like #46.
Good signing anyway for Tech3. Pol will inevitably prove to be too much dog for Bradly next year. I enjoy the junior classes.
Calvin...Good move. Why not?

Unfortunately it's not about just talent or passport, the politics of MotoGP revolve around money and quite simply more of it comes from Spain, in all classes. So by sheer weight of numbers the Spanish riders with talent always get rides with well funded well equipped teams throughout their careers, and its not surprising the most talented are graduating to MotoGP. Hector Barbera is a classic example of this, a rider who got good results in the lower classes but was always in the best teams got moved to MotoGP and has become a bit of a joke, renowned for tailgating and hanging round for a tow to get faster quali laps in. Is that the kind of talent that should be in MotoGP at the expense of riders from other nationalities who have worse stats on paper but were always on underfunded and inferior machines? Real Top drawer talent will always surface, it's the amount of filler that is present in a class where good rides are like hens teeth that is objectionable.

I'm the only one who doesn't have a problem with this? Look, I get that Pol is Spanish, and that there's a dearth of Spanish riders right now. And I get that, in 3 years or so when Rossi retires, it's very possible that the Factory Honda and Factory Yamaha teams will both be filled entirely by Spanish riders. But Pol has shown himself to be a great racer, and deserves the chance at a ride.

Does he deserve the chance at a ride more than Aleix, or more than Cal? Maybe, maybe not. Pol has never stepped onto a MotoGP bike before. We have no idea how he'll compare to the other two until he does.

But here's the silver bullet I think everyone's missing: having Pol on a factory-backed bike (even on a satellite team) is great for the sport. And I mean, really truly great. He has a multi-year rivalry established with Marquez already. He has a rivalry with Iannone (does nobody remember Misano 2009, when Iannone literally headbutted EsP?). And he's developing a rivalry right now with Redding. This is a *very* good thing for the sport.

Right now, we have a group of exceptional riders at the front of the pack: Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Rossi, Marquez, Crutchlow. And from all appearances, they're all great chums. Adding Pol into the mix has great potential to bring back the same kind of drama and excitement that many people have been bemoaning as absent from the sport. (Personally, I actually enjoy watching Lorenzo or Pedrosa rocket around a track like a metronome, but the battles are certainly more exciting to watch.)

Give the kid a chance. Who knows--maybe next year, Smith gets the boot from T3 and we get Team Tech Espargaro. Talk about inter-team rivalries. I'd pay large bills to see them scrap against each other.

Herve must be gritting his teeth right now.

Once again, although maybe that's the lot of a satellite team, he is expected to provide the training ground for yet another rider making the jump up from Moto 2.

Bradley may be likeable, but I don't see him getting as much out of the bike as Cal, who I would expect has given him quite a lot of help with set-up etc. I would'nt bet on Bradley being out of MotoGp, or at best on a CRT(or whatever they are going to be called) machine in 2015.

One rookie and one with only a year's experience ? Sounds like Herve's in for a long year of mediocre results and a big repair bill.

But it is Crutchlow himself who decided to go to Ducati. He had the chance to stay with Yamaha and he's given it up for what ... money?
I do believe that Ducati is going to get better, but fight for podiums, let alone the championship? Not in my wildest dreams. It has been shown over and over again that both Honda and Yamaha can improve very quickly when things go wrong, Ducati needs years. If they do make a bike that will be winning races, it will only take a race or two before Honda and Yamaha catch up and once they regain control of the championship, Ducati is in for a couple hard years again.
Crutchlow didn't make the move to Duc for the sport but to enjoy all the things that happen outside of the track, and that's a lousy reason.

About Bradley Smith, no doubt he's a good rider. Put him up against anyone here on this website and he'll leave us in the dust... but between all the other GP pro's? Hmnn. Average, nothing more, nothing less. I'm sure that over time he'll get a podium, he'll get a pole but seriously, I would never see him fight for a championship. He's got a very good manager securing him his contracts, that's a fact, but I've been following him since he was in the smaller classes and he never really impressed me. He's been lucky so far being in the right place at the right time. Compared to other British riders, like Crutchlow and Redding, he's lagging behind in aggression for sure, in talent... maybe. Agression is something that is needed to be on the top spot and I've never, ever seen that in him.

Pol made a good name last year in Moto2, the only one to be able to challenge MM last year. However, you have to look at things the way they are. He was on the next best bike and he did have an advantage over Redding in weight. A BIG advantage. You saw last year that Redding could keep up the pace of MM and Pol together but due to his weight, his tyres were shredded at the end of the race while the others' tyres were still healthy. The weight rule has helped this year but if it was really fair, meaning everybody had the same weight (bike + rider) and not just most of them, then Scott would still be a few points ahead of all of them.
That being said, I'm sure Scott will end up having a good bike and that 2015 will be his year - as long as he doesn't join Ducati. Now with the rule changes, with Suzuki coming back, things are looking good and I do see a bright future for him, winning podiums and championships. Pol will be good, but he will be in the shadow of both Marquez, Jorge, Redding and who knows, probably even his brother.

Aleix deserves a factory bike, but he's having a lot of fun on the Priller. I'm not sure that he fancies a factory ride as much as the others. He's there in the fight, he's good as the underdog taking on the Aliens. Again, with the rule changes, things will tighten up even more between (ex-)CRT and Factory (MSMA) bikes. And given an extra year, I would like to see him rule on Suzuki ... or who can tell, will Aprilia come back one day with a factory team?

The last thing I want to say is about everybody going on about those Spaniards in the MotoGP paddock - and I include myself in it. First of all, I think it is bad for the sport. MotoGP should be an international championship and not a cover-up for yet another Spanish one. However, I do not blame the Spaniards (although I think that country should spend a little more attention on their economy than shifting all that money into this sport). I blame all the other countries who don't think it's necessary to sponsor sports, to promote young, talented people and sponsor them into achieving great things. It's not just the MotoGP but a lot of sports lack attention in a lot of countries. If the facilities would be there, if it would be made accessible to the people who are interested, there would be a lot more people from a bigger variety of countries in the sport.
Look at MarcVDS for example. Because this great guy puts a lot of money from his personal bank account into the sport, we do get a Belgian team in the paddock. Otherwise, if you look at sports on Belgian TV, it's all about cycling, football, some tennis and athletics on TV... and luckily also some F1. Even motocross -a sport that us Belgians used to rule- is hardly seen on TV anymore.
If you don't expose the public to these sports, how can there be an interest? How can you convince companies to sponsor and put all that money in advertising that nobody can watch?
These days, things are even getting worse... I'm not just talking about Belgium, but look at the UK for example. Now BBC has lost the MotoGP coverage rights to BT (British Telecom). So neither F1, nor MotoGP is visible to the public anymore. I'm a Virgin customer, I'm locked into my contract so it will cost me money to get out and switch. F1 is on Sky, MotoGP is on BT, ... what do I do? I really can't afford to get both subscriptions. Paying big money for subscriptions on MotoGP site to watch nothing but MotoGP.

Dorna, FIA, FIFA and all those sports organizations are currently only looking on how they can make a quick buck and it's killing the sport AND the fans. I've really lost all hope that those organizations clean up their mess and will start broadcasting it all to the big public again but, at least here in Europe, I do have a little hope left that the EU will step in and make sure that all of Europe has access to watch their favorite sports shows again.

I'm really hoping some good souls will record the show and (illegally?) put it out on the internet somewhere for the poor public to enjoy. Otherwise, next year and the years to come... maybe I'll just get used to the lack of MotoGP, maybe I loose interest completely and stop missing it, who knows.

In fact Bradley has scored over twenty more points at this stage of his 1st season, than Cal did at this stage of his 1st season.

Cal went on to do pretty well. Too early to write Bradley off.