In 1989, Herve Poncharal, along with Guy Coulon and Bernard Martignac, created the Tech 3 team to compete at the topmost level of racing. The team has, since, won the 250cc title in 2000 and finished that season with a one-two finish in the final standings with Olivier Jacque at first and Shinya Nakano at second place.

In 2001, the team took the same riders into the MotoGP category and had a combination of good and bad results. Shinya Nakano finished the championship in 5th place whereas Olivier Jacque missed almost the entire season due to pre-season testing injuries. However, he still managed to end the season at 15th place.

Country France France
City Bormes Les Mimosas
Founded 1989

In 2002, The Tech 3 team could not produce two new 4-stroke machines and the two riders had to stay on 2-stroke 500cc machines for almost the entire season. Although they did get a new bike for the last few races, they couldn’t manage a better finish than 10th and 11th place for their two riders.

The team took another setback in 2003 as the M1 didn’t provide enough firepower for their riders and Jacque and Alex Barros struggled for an entire season. They finished in 12th and 9th places respectively.

When Three-Time World Champion Valentino Rossi joined their ranks in 2004, things changed drastically. He took the team to another championship win despite having an inferior motorcycle. Rossi took 9 wins on the way to his title and that was the most made by any Yamaha rider on the history of MotoGP.

Gauloises Yamaha won the team title with Rossi’s win and along with Rossi, it was also the arrival of one of the most famous chief mechanics, Jeremy Burges, to the team and that made a significant difference to the team’s development and testing process.

In 2006, the team had a new title sponsor, Camel, and the team shifted to James Toseland and Colin Edwards as Rossi moved to the Yamaha factory team.

Back to Tech 3 Yamaha, with Edwards and Toseland, the Tech 3 team will be looking to bring about a change in their recent fortunes and try and close in on the success they had gained with Rossi.