Tech 3 is to remain a Yamaha satellite team for two more years. Ahead of the Misano round of MotoGP, Yamaha, and Tech 3 jointly announced they have extended their relationship for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

This means that Tech 3 will continue to run satellite spec Yamaha M1s as factory option bikes or MSMA entries for the next two years.

Though the contract extension had been widely expected, the uncertainty had been the reason for Cal Crutchlow to only sign a one-year contract with Tech 3 for the 2013 season.

His fear was that if he had signed a longer contract, he could have found himself riding something he had not signed up to.

With Bradley Smith signed for one more year, and Pol Espargaro signed with Yamaha through 2015, Tech 3’s riders for next season will not face that dilemma.

Source: Yamaha Racing & Tech 3; Photo: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • Craig

    I hope not, but I think next year will not be as successful as this year with Cal. Too bad they lost him and didn’t give him a bike with Tech 3 colors. It’s a shame that he is even with Rossi and to get the $$ he is worth has to jump on a Ducati.

    I’m not sure about B. Smith; hope he improves soon, but Pol should be interesting… at least they will push each other.

    Next year should be a good one!!! ( I say that every year I think…)

  • Chaz Michael Michaels

    Smith takes a ton of guff. The kid hasn’t done badly. At this point in the season I think it’s fair to say he’s been underrated.

    Pol Espargaro is talented. He will be a nice addition to Tech III.

    Regarding Crutchlow-fact of the matter was that it was his time to go to a factory. Doesn’t matter if the factory bike he gets might suck.

    If salary was the biggest factor then so be it. He has a short window of time to make that money…not to mention the occupational hazzard in his line of work is death or serious injury. Crutchlow made the right decision.

  • Damo

    The biggest downside of Crutchlow going to Ducati is that he has to get a different colored helmet. Always loved the Tech3 livery.

  • “Smith takes a ton of guff. The kid hasn’t done badly. At this point in the season I think it’s fair to say he’s been underrated.”

    Agreed. Were it any other season, he’d be right on track for Rookie of the Year.

  • smiler

    It would be so good for the racing in MotoGP that instead of having a 3 tier championship, factory, satelite and CRT that Dorna could somehow force the factories to provide the same equipment to their satelite teams. The factories won’t let them but currently there are bikes finishing almost a lap behind with half the field 1 minute behind the leader. The advantage that the CRT bikes will get next year may help but it will still be three tiers.