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Opinion: Tech 3 split adds to Yamaha’s mounting woe

Yamaha's 2018 MotoGP season hasn't got off to the best of starts in testing, and the news that it is splitting with Tech 3 for 2019 only adds to the feeling of a manufacturer in decline, says Jamie Klein. Thursday’s shock announcement that Tech 3 is to part ways with Yamaha at the end of the year, after 18 seasons together at the highest level, throws up some interesting questions for both parties. Firstly, there’s the question of what bikes Herve Poncharal’s squad will be running in 2019 and beyond, and the language used in the press release issued by both Yamaha and Tech 3 suggests a deal is either done already or extremely close to completion. Yamaha general manager Kouichi Tsuji...
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