As they approach their home race this weekend at the Grand Prix de France the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team this season celebrate 20 years of World Championship participation.
The team is of course run by Frenchman Hervé Poncharal, one of the most respected and recognisable figures in the MotoGP paddock, who also acts as the President of the International Road-Racing Teams Association (IRTA).
Like the factory Yamaha garage, the satellite team’s Grand Prix base is divided by a wall in 2009. Unlike the main squad, however, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 have just one man overseeing both riders. Said Team Principal is Herve Poncharal, who has seen mixed results from his charges over the course of the opening three races of the year.
Top ten efforts from Colin Edwards have contrasted with early difficulties for James Toseland, and Poncharal has the task of spurring both on to better things in the forthcoming races.
On another problematic weekend for James Toseland at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España the satellite Yamaha rider came away with just three points having qualified 13th and finishing in the same position.
Toseland’s supporters, and indeed his team, were expecting him to kick on in his second MotoGP season, after he learned the majority of the tracks on the calendar last year, so his early 2009 season results have been a major disappointment with just one top ten finish so far.