Espargaro gets new one-year Yamaha deal

Pol Espargaro will remain at the Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP squad in 2016 after being granted a one-year extension to his contract by the Japanese manufacturer.

The 24-year-old made his premier class debut for Tech 3 last season off the back of winning the Moto2 title in 2013, taking a best finish of fourth at Le Mans last year and finishing sixth in the standings.

Espargaro has a harder time in his sophomore campaign, which has been hindered by arm pump problems, with teammate Bradley Smith establishing the upper hand so far in 2015.

But victory in the Suzuka 8 Hours alongside Smith was thought to have boosted Espargaro's chances of a reprieve, and now his presence at Tech 3 next season has been confirmed by Yamaha.

“I‘m happy because renewing my contract with a factory like Yamaha is always going to be fantastic,” said the Spaniard.

“Yamaha gave me the opportunity to make my debut in MotoGP and together, I think we had a really good first season.

“This year we are working hard to improve our results that have not been as strong as we would have liked at this point of the year.

“I hope that this result and the renewal of my contract will help me for the nine races that we still have left in 2015, which is the most important thing for me to focus on right now.”

Meanwhile, Smith, who is contracted directly to Tech 3 rather than Yamaha, has yet to be confirmed for next year, but is thought highly likely to be retained following a strong 2015 season so far. 

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Pol Espargaro
Teams Tech 3
Article type Breaking news