Checa joins Ellison on M1

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Carlos Checa has been confirmed alongside Britain’s James Ellison in the Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP team for 2006.

Spaniard Checa, is the most experienced rider on the grid. He finished ninth last season, when he rode for Ducati and his been riding in the premier class for 10 years. He and Ellison will use Yamaha M1’s fitted with Dunlop rubber in the French team.
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Team boss Herve Pncharal, said: “Thanks to the combined efforts of Dunlop, Yamaha Motor and Tech 3, we have been able to finalise this project.

“After a difficult winter during which we developed our project with young rider James Ellison, we are now really excited to see Carlos Checa joining the team.

“Carlos is the most experienced rider on this year’s MotoGP grid. During his ten-year career as one of the top riders in the sport’s premier category, he has ridden different bikes on different tyre brands and, based on this experience, his input to our development will be of great value, especially for Dunlop.

“With Carlos partnering James Ellison, one of the emerging talents and who raced on Dunlop tyres last year, we complete the ideal line-up of our team, a blend of youth and experience, in which we have strong hopes.”

Checa will get his first experience of his new M1 on Dunlops in Qatar on February 5-7.

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff