Friday, May 15, 2009
Rossi rides through Paris, Tech3 celebrates 20th Birthday
With the French MotoGP at Le Mans just three days away, Valentino Rossi has been having a bit of fun riding around the streets of Paris. The Doctor rode a Monster-liveried Yamaha R1 down the Champs-Élysees and did a few burnouts near the Eiffel Tower. ‘It was quite dangerous and slippery due to the rain but I managed to do a little burnout by the Eiffel Tower. I did try a wheelie too but I was out on the roads with the police, so I couldn't be too naughty,’ said the six-time MotoGP world champion.
In the meanwhile, the other Yamaha Team, Tech3 is celebrating its 20th birthday. Based in France, Tech3 was set up in 1989, by Herve Poncharal and Guy Coulon. One of the team’s high points was French rider Olivier Jacque winning the 250cc world championship in the year 2000.
‘It's appropriate that Tech3 celebrates its 20th birthday in our home race in Le Mans this weekend. We could never have imagined when we started back in 1989 that we would be a leading team in the premier motorcycle racing world championship class. What seemed a distant dream then is now reality, thanks to the hard work and commitment of many people who have shown unbelievable dedication to make the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team what it is today,’ said Poncharal.