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Tech 3 extend Toseland's contract

James Toseland
Toseland has made a promising start to life in MotoGP

James Toseland will compete in the 2009 MotoGP championship after his Tech 3 Yamaha team took up an option to extend his contract after just two races.

The news came after the two-time World Superbikes champion finished sixth in his first two MotoGP races.

"When I first tested for Tech 3 last year I knew instantly I'd made the right decision," said Toseland.

"I knew I could prove that I would compete. Thanks to Tech 3, Yamaha and Michelin, I've done that in two races."

Toseland, 27, is the sole Briton competing in motorcycling's elite class, and won his second World Superbikes championship last season riding for Ten Kate Honda.

"Before this season I had never worked with Yamaha, so for me to gain confidence from the factory in such a short space of time is great," he said.

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"For them to show confidence and trust in my ability after just two races is very flattering.

"Signing for 2009 gives me the time to really develop with the team, Yamaha and Michelin.

"I believe that Tech 3 and Yamaha will help me realise my goals of winning races and the championship in MotoGP, and I hope this is the start of a long and successful relationship."

The news was announced on the day Tech 3 also revealed they had extended their contract with Yamaha until 2010.

"It is incredibly gratifying to know that James is so happy with his decision to join the team that he already wanted to commit for next year," said team chief Herve Poncharal.

"Everybody in the team and Yamaha is fully confident about his future potential.

"James has already performed beyond expectations, and I have no doubt that he will only get stronger in the near future."


see also
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