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By Matthew Birt
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18 August 2007 17:05

Colin Edwards has confirmed to MCN that he has agreed to join British rider James Toseland in the Tech 3 Yamaha squad for the 2008 MotoGP world championship.

Edwards has held meetings with Yamaha Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis and Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal in the Czech Republic this weekend, and he’s verbally agreed an offer to join former Castrol Honda team-mate Toseland next season.

Edwards has been assured he will get the same factory support as he currently receives in the Fiat Yamaha team in what is effectively a loan deal, with Yamaha understood to paying the double World Superbike champion's contract.

Yamaha have moved the Texan to accommodate reigning world 250 champion Jorge Lorenzo as Valentino Rossi’s official factory team-mate.

One thing not clear is whether Edwards and Toseland will be on Michelin or Bridgestone tyres, though it seems most likely that Tech 3 will end its relationship with Dunlop to switch to Michelin.

Speaking to MCN this afternoon, Edwards said final details of his one-year contract were still being finalised, including the make up of his crew, but he had agreed a deal.

“I’m pretty happy with it. Actually I’m excited. We haven’t agreed on all the numbers on that but the idea and the situation, yeah I’ve agreed. Yamaha basically said we’ll take care of you but we want you to ride for Tech 3. That was the scenario and I’m happy with that. I’ve always got on great with Herve and I know most of the guys in the team because I’ve been right next door to them, “said Edwards, who said he is looking forward to a reunion with Toseland, who recently announced he was quitting World Superbikes to join the Tech 3 squad.

“James and I get along great and we’ve been team-mates before. It will be an easier transition for him and I’ll share everything I’ve got with him to help him out."
Edwards said his plan was to finish in his MotoGP career with Yamaha at the end of next season, before returning to America to ride for the Japanese factory in the AMA superbike series for two years.

“That would be my dream scenario. I don’t have any interest to ride for another manufacturer, “he added.

Poncharal confirmed to MCN yesterday that he was closing in on a deal to land Edwards.

“Colin is a really nice guy and he is still a top rider. I think Colin and James would be a strong team. The first time I talked to him was in Assen and I went to his motorhome and we spoke a little bit. He told me his position and he was waiting to know what was Yamaha’s decision. But he was having absolutely no objection to work with us. His desire was to try to remain to stay with Yamaha. Since then we spoke briefly in Laguna Seca and we exchanged a few text messages during the summer. I’m pretty sure Yamaha offered him a seat in our team but I have to wait until I’m told. Once we will know Yamaha is willing to do that I have to know what Colin thinks and then see how it can be done.”

More reaction from Edwards in Wednesday’s (August 22) issue of MCN.
 

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mang they will be a great team... with the full factory support of yammie and the better tires.. sweet... and jt is a great test rider too.. works so hard on settup!!
 

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I'm really skeptical of the same factory support. They say it now but they just want to sign him. We'll see. If it's in the contract then ok but he hasn't signed the deal yet.
 

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jorje can freakin ride too so i can see why they wanna get him under the wing of val as soon as possible....
 

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hahaha, might turn out to be good for both of em.
i can see the WSBK experience and both heads knocking to produce fruitful results.
 

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im already itching to get to next season. This year has been ok but you no not real exciting. Stoner has just been dominating. Next year everyone will be better adapted to there 800's Edwards, and Toseland. Then you got the Honda boys getting after it. Today they are placed well (dont want to spoil it) for sundays moto. New faces people chainging teams bikes getting better hopefully well matched. Im getting excited. Then when ole colin leaves Spies might be over to Gp then and Edwards will come over and hopefully give yami the shot they need in the arm and take out the Mladin show and bam its on....
 

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Edwards coming home will be fun to watch.
 

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Motorcyclenews are now reporting that the deal for Tech 3 is to run Michelin tyres next year.

Dunno if it was planned but during yesterdays BBC coverage of the Brno race someone from Michelin let it slip during an interview.
 

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Motorcyclenews are now reporting that the deal for Tech 3 is to run Michelin tyres next year.

Dunno if it was planned but during yesterdays BBC coverage of the Brno race someone from Michelin let it slip during an interview.
Well let's just hope Michelin gets their game together. I like Edwards and want to see him do well.
 

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Yup he's a good fella and will get on just fine with James Toseland.

I think the atmosphere in the Fiat Yamaha garage may be a little more 'strained' - Lorenzo brings a big ego with him.
 

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Dunno about all of them but it seems like the ex WSB riders are more down to earth - Edwards, Vermeulen and er........Guintoli comes across well too - he's even picked up a local accent to his English (he's based in the UK)
 

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Yup he's a good fella and will get on just fine with James Toseland.

I think the atmosphere in the Fiat Yamaha garage may be a little more 'strained' - Lorenzo brings a big ego with him.
You think Rossi wants to deal with his ego.
 

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Hey if I was one of the top 1% in the world at riding a motorcycle I'd have a dam big ego too. Can't blame the guy. He backs it up.
 

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I was gutted when he crashed at Assen last year, he rode a great race and the last few laps were amazing.
 

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He is lucky to still have a GP ride. He should have looked for a quality WSBK ride and get back to a place where he might win a race or two. My hopes were high when he got into GP, but now I have no aspirations that he'll ever get a win
 

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Don’t get me wrong, I like Colin and he seems like a pretty good guy. After all hes an American and hes gotta represent us. Even so, I feel hes maybe had a gp ride for a little too long, sure hes been scoring points every season, he has yet to win a GP or be on the podium consistently. I feel he should have gone back to wsb a while back. Personally I’d rather see him do that then come back and do a national championship… seems like a huge step backwards.

I thought James was holding out for a factory ride, i thought ducati was in the works for him?
 
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