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check on the mot ogp.com website...

james toseland will be riding for tech 3 yamaha next year...id copy and paste the article, but it wont let me..mods please do your thing!
 

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http://www.crash.net/news_view~cid~6~id~152213~pid~1.htm


Tech 3 Yamaha secures Briton for 2008 MotoGP season.

As had been widely rumoured for a while, James Toseland is to make the move from World Superbikes to MotoGP for the 2008 season after being confirmed as part of the Tech 3 Yamaha line-up for next year.

Toseland had been widely linked to a ride on a Honda should he elect to make the switch due to his current ties with the Japanese marque, with the 26-year-old having ridden a CBR1000RR for the Ten Kate Honda team since the start of 2006 – ironically, when he replaced a MotoGP-bound rider in Chris Vermeulen.

Speculation also suggested that Toseland could partner Vermeulen in the Rizla Suzuki line-up next year with John Hopkins moving on to Kawasaki, but has instead committed himself to the factory supported Tech 3 squad, which is running bikes for Makoto Tamada and Sylvain Guintoli this season.

I am delighted to have secured a rider of James' calibre and am looking forward to working with him,” team principal Herve Poncharal said. “Procuring James is a major coup for Tech 3 Yamaha and for the MotoGP championship in extending our reach into Northern Europe. It is an exciting time for us all and I am certain that he will be an integral part of the team's future.”

Toseland did come close to make the move to MotoGP for the 2007 season, with a contract offer ‘on the table' from the satellite d'Antin Ducati team. However, despite admitting at the time that the offer was tempting, Toseland elected to remain with Ten Kate for a second season with problems within the d'Antin squad making any possible ride with the team something of a risk.

The decision to remain in World Superbike has been more than vindicated this season as the Briton has surged to the top of the championship standings. However, having already been warned by double WSBK champion Colin Edwards not to wait too long before crossing over to MotoGP, Toseland has decided that the time is right to make the switch.


Prior to taking up his new ride however, there is the small matter of a second World Superbike crown to be won, with Toseland hoping to take another step towards the crown at Brands Hatch this weekend.

Having picked up six wins and eleven podiums from the 17 races he has competed in so far, Toseland currently has a 43 point lead over second placed Max Biaggi.
 

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thank you, sir
 

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Yeah, it sucks but tell you what him being on the Yamaha Tech 3 won't make him competitive so I'm not worried.
 

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you make a good point i am waiting to see Jorge Lorenzo
and your fav one devo them boys will cause a stir on the
grid
 

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tech 3 better get rid of dunflops if they will be comptetive next year... if they use either michelin or bridgestone, then maybe, he'll be in the mix as well... just like casey stoner on his first year with LCR (except, he crashed alot)
 

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tech 3 is making the switch to bridgestones in 08, at least that is what cycle news is reporting. this will give yamaha the chance to test the stones against the michelins on the M1, without having to move rossi to a new tire unproven on their bike.
 

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This bums me out. I would much rather have seen JT stick with Honda but oh well. He will be good for GP. Don't expect much next year but in 2009 I do expect him to make a few podiums.
 

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You think Toseland gave up the D'antin deal to join that crappy Tech 3 team on Dunlops?

Hell no.


There is something going on obviously for him on that team

Be it equal machinery with Rossi and/or Bridgestone tires.

No way he left WSB and Honda to join a sub-par Yamaha team.


James Ellison was on that team last year and it sucked for him to be on Dunlops. I'm sure him and Toseland (being countrymen) have talked about it.
 

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i hope he didnt make a bad decision. I hope tech 3 will improve over the off season
Yeah I hope so too. If they switch tires they will have a better chance. Like aren said they must have something going on because I couldn't see why he would turn down a satellite ducati for a satellite yamaha. That was his biggest decision against going into GP was that he wanted to be on a competitive team.
 

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tech 3 is making the switch to bridgestones in 08, at least that is what cycle news is reporting. this will give yamaha the chance to test the stones against the michelins on the M1, without having to move rossi to a new tire unproven on their bike.
Actually, I heard it was the Works Yamaha that will shod the Bridgestones and the Tech3 will ride Michelins.
 

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GPs are just getting crazy

Did anybody notice how Hopper switches from Red Bull to Monster this season.

And then announces that he will be moving to Kawasaki next year?

I'm sure everyone saw that one coming, right?
 

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Actually, I heard it was the Works Yamaha that will shod the Bridgestones and the Tech3 will ride Michelins.
not with rossi unless he runs his 1 rider team like he did during the 2001 season, if it does push through the structure will look something like this;

Rossi/Michelin a separate team but also factory supported.

Jorge & Edwards/Michelin on FIAT Yamaha factory team.

Toseland & Tamada/Bridgestone on Tech3 Yamaha satellite team.

remember Tamada has very good relationship with BS, he has won 2 races with them during his stint witha Honda satellite team.
 

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Brivio said Yamaha will not be running 5 bikes next year. Maybe that will change but Yamaha already has a lot on their plate if they plan to give Rossi, Lorenzo, and Toseland factory support.
 
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