Monster Yamaha Tech 3

It seems that MotoGP rider Johann Zarco is set to make his move to the KTM factory team in 2019.

The latest rumour has indicated that the Frenchman has reached a ‘verbal agreement’ with the Austrian manufacturer.

If this is true, Zarco will be a KTM factory rider and will ride their latest KTM RC16 MotoGP bike in 2019 and 2020.

A recent report made by has stated that current Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco is ready to make his move to KTM next season. The French rider has long been associated with the Austrian manufacturer even since his current team confirmed their move to KTM machinery next season. (more…)

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP boss, Lin Jarvis, wants a much heavier penalty for Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.

Following his ‘dangerous riding’ last weekend in Argentina, Yamaha was certainly unhappy with the ‘slap on the wrist’ penalties.

Marquez’s riding caused the collisions with several riders including Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro, Maverick Vinales, and Valentino Rossi.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP leading man, Lin Jarvis, has called upon the MotoGP race direction to make sure that Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez is faced with a much bigger punishment following his actions throughout last weekend’s MotoGP round in Argentina. (more…)

Valentino Rossi has hit hard on Marquez’s riding yesterday by saying that Marquez is destroying the sport.

The duo clashed yesterday mid-race which led to Rossi’s fall in the Argentina GP.

Marquez has been under fire all weekend especially race day for his ‘dangerous riding’ involving several other riders.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP and nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi had a few choice words to say on the riding antics of one Marc Marquez from Repsol Honda. In a drama-filled Argentina GP race yesterday, Rossi made sure everyone knew how he feels about Marquez which he deemed as ‘dangerous’ all weekend long. (more…)

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) won his third ever MotoGP race yesterday in Argentina.

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) came in second followed by Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in third.

The drama-filled race saw many events especially the clash between Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi.

LCR Honda Castrol rider Cal Crutchlow took home his third ever MotoGP victory yesterday in the Argentina GP. The battle for first came to an incredible conclusion as Crutchlow crossed the chequered flag ahead of Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and more impressively, Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar). (more…)

  • There are many speculations on how Hafizh Syahrin was picked to ride for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 in MotoGP.

  • Team principal, Herve Poncharal revealed what happened in an interview with MotoGP.

  • Hope his revelation puts all skepticism to rest.

This may sound like a bad sector in your laptop’s hard disk: It keeps playing back a certain track. That’s how it probably sounds like when it comes to Hafizh Syahrin, patriotism notwithsanding.

Specifically though, it’s about many – some Malaysians included, unfortunately – who still call Hafizh Syahrin’s viability as not only as a MotoGP rider (click here for our report when the news broke), but a MotoGP rider in arguably the top satellite team apart from Alma Pramac Ducati. There were vicious hissings on social media that some Malaysian governing body or SIC had “paid for his seat.”

YBhg. Dato’ Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali, Chief Executive Officer of Sepang International Circuit (SIC), had dispelled the rumours during the official announcement of Hafizh been contracted by Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (click here for our coverage of the event).

Now Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s boss, Herve Poncharal put the record straight during an interview with MotoGP.

Poncharal said, “I met (Dato’ Ahmad Razlan) Ahmad Razali, the CEO of Sepang and talking to him I had a crazy idea. I asked him, ‘What about Syahin in MotoGP?’ He thought I was joking.”

He continued, “The sponsors and suppliers were asking me who I was talking about; the’d never heard of him. From then on I had to convince everyone that he was a good rider. And I would have continued even if there had been more resistance. We’re here to enjoy ourselves.”

But what prompted Poncharal to consider Hafizh. For starters, we knew that Yonny Hernandez didn’t impress during his test at SIC. To be brutally honest, the Columbian had campaigned in MotoGP for many years so that wasn’t his first outing on a MotoGP bike. Additionally and probably the deciding factor was because he had already signed on with a WSBK team. Poncharal had himself iterated that he isn’t interested in a rider who’s already contracted to others.

His answer was, “When you choose a rider, there is always an element of risk. I like people who take risks and I do it too. In competition, you have to like the challenge – if you don’t, you’re in the wrong place.”

It was also fortunate for Haifzh and us Malaysians as Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team is a non-factory team, to see Pescao 55 get his big break, as it meant that Poncharal could make his own decisions, “Team Managers of the official factories can choose the best riders because they have more money to pay them… Instead of signing a top rider, because I can’t, I prefer to take a risk on something that could turn out exciting.”

What is Poncharal’s thoughts about Hafizh now? “Now I’m really happy. I’m not saying he’s going to be the fastest but he’s doing well.”

So, it was the Frenchman who sought out Hafizh Syahrin, not the other way around, and he likes taking risks. Compris? Oui? Très bien!

The next Grand Prix round takes place at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit in Argentina, from 6th to 8th April. Stay tuned for the latest news and race reports.

The Qatar round saw a very interesting race as well as rumours indicating that Johann Zarco might move to Repsol Honda next year.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider took pole position and led the majority of the race before dropping to 8th due to tyre issues.

Rumours have indicated that Zarco might be replacing Pedrosa come 2019.

Ever since the very first MotoGP 2018 round which saw Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) winning the Qatar GP with a very familiar and stylish fashion against Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), there have been other interesting happenings going around the paddock. This was particularly related to one Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider, Johann Zarco. (more…)

  • Tech 3 will not continue as Yamaha’s satellite team in 2019.

  • Team principal, Herve Poncharal says he’s been a offered a special deal.

  • Poncharal did not reveal any further details.

Just yesterday, Malaysians celebrated Hafizh Syahrin’s confirmation to ride for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team this year, but another twist in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 saga popped up today: The team has announced that it will part ways with Yamaha from the 2019 MotoGP season.

Announced together with factory team, Tech 3’s boss, Herve Poncharal stated that, “We’ve been offered a deal, that includes something we’ve been waiting for since we started with Tech 3 and I couldn’t say no.”

“A deal… we’ve been waiting for…?”

Reading through the press release in did not provide further details to what Poncharal meant, and that has fed more racing fuel to the bonfire.

Our theory may be that he had been offered to run a full-fledged factory team. If this is the case, there are a few candidates: Aprilia or KTM. Suzuki may even be a long shot. Or how about a Honda satellite team? Will Poncharal actually jump over to Yamaha’s biggest rivals after being with the latter for 20 years?

However, we know what you’re thinking of: The fate of Hafizh Syahrin in 2019. Well, Hafizh did mention during yesterday’s press conference that his contract with the team is for 2018 only at the moment. But, come what may and we do pray that Hafizh is retained for the next season, whatever bike or team Poncharal chooses.

Until Yamaha finds another person or entity to run it, , it’ll leave them without a satellite team for the 2019 season.

  • SIC dan Hafizh Syahrin telah mengesahkan tempat penunggang berkenaan dengan pasukan Monster Yamaha Tech3.
  • Sesi ujian pertama Hafizh di atas jentera Yamaha YZF-M1 di Litar Antarabangsa Buriram cukup memberangsangkan.
  • Tinggal satu lagi sesi ujian pra musim MotoGP di Qatar bermula dari 1 hingga 3 Mac sebelum bermulanya musim pada tahun ini.


  • SIC and Hafizh Syahrin has confirmed the rider’s seat in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team.

  • Hafizh’s first outing on the Yamaha YZF-M1 during the Buriram Winter Test was positive.

  • There is one more Winter Test at Qatar from 1st to 3rd March before the start of the season.

21st February 2018, Petaling Jaya – There are many ways to stir the sense of patriotism amongst the citizens of a country, sports being one of them. Malaysia has long have great motorcycling talents but they’ve never seemed to capture much limelight, until recently.

The Hafizh Syahrin “Pescao 55” saga has been put to the rest as the affable Malaysian hero’s place in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team for 2018 MotoGP has been confirmed without a sliver of doubt, as of 4pm today.

Speaking at a tea-time session with Malaysian journalists, Dato’ Ahmad Razlan Razali and Hafizh Syahmin made the announcement to a boisterous cheer, as patriotism took hold on everyone present.

When questioned, Hafizh said, “I tried my best during the Winter Test at Buriram. Most new riders to the premier class (MotoGP) would record times at least 3 or 4 seconds slower than the leader.”

“While I couldn’t promise great results right away, as there’s still much to learn, what I can promise Malaysia and my fans is that I will always continue to fight for the best possible results,” he continued.

Indeed, Hafizh isn’t a rider who gives up as he had shown in his past races.

Shifting from one team to another is always difficult and that’s why certain riders suffer when they do so. “The atmosphere in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team is very supportive and relaxed. They’ve been very supportive in providing guidance and advice. Even Johann Zarco has provided some advice.”

As for further testing and development, “I had to get used to the bike quickly. In some sense, the many electronic rider aids in MotoGP helps much more than it did in Moto2. However, the team will send me out for many more laps in the coming test (Qatar). That way, the team could run race simulations, allowing to learn more how the bike handles when the tyre performance drops off and the electronics.”

There’ve been rumblings in social media as to how Hafizh got the Tech 3 seat, ahead of riders such as Moto2 Champion Franco Morbidelli, and forerunners such as Thomas Luthi, Xavier Simeon, Takaagi Nakagami. To put it succinctly, it was speculated that SIC had paid for Hafizh’s seat. Perhaps, we shouldn’t think that far, as Occam’s razor applies in this case: “When all things seems to make no sense, the simplest explanation is the simplest one.” Those riders had signed to their respective teams before Jonas Folger’s announcement to drop out of MotoGP, paving the way for Hafizh.

Dato’ Razlan explained, “The sponsorships deals for the team had been finalized, so there’s no room for SIC to insert our branding. But Insy’Allah, we could do it in 2019.”

“It has always been SIC’s dream to put a Malaysian in every class. However, Hafizh’s entry to MotoGP is one year earlier than we anticipated and that saved us the money. Right now, SIC will take care of Hafizh’s personal costs during the season.”

Hafizh will be based primarily in Spain for the year, “SIC has set up training facilities for myself, Adam Norrodin and Zulfahmi Khairuddin there. I’ve contested in the Spanish CEV before Moto2 so there’s no problem for me there.”

So, will Hafizh’s participation in MotoGP draw in the crowds to the Malaysian MotoGP? “It definitely will,” said Dato’ Razlan, “We are expecting to see a 200% increase in the number of spectators.”

“We hope that with Hafizh’s involvement in MotoGP that especially young Malaysian motorcyclists will be inspired to channel their talents appropriately. With the right focus and determination, look at where one could reach,” added Dato’ Razlan.

At the end of it, come what may, Malaysians can proudly wave the Jalur Gemilang at SIC. Let’s also hope to hear Negaraku on the TV soon.

Sumber imej: MotoGP
  • Ada sesetengah pihak telah bertanya, adakah Hafizh Syahrin penunggang MotoGP Malaysia yang pertama.
  • Selepas selesainya sesi ujian MotoGP di Thailand, kita tidak boleh nafikan lagi yang Hafizh adalah penunggang dari Malaysia yang pertama mengemudi motosikal MotoGP 1,000cc era moden ini.
  • Pengesahan muktamad akan datang dari pasukan Monster Yamaha Tech3 sama ada Hafizh Syahrin akan menjadi penunggang MotoGP kelahiran Malaysia pertama yang akan bertanding dalam kelas premier pada musim ini.


Some folks have been asking about Hafizh Syahrin being the first Malaysian MotoGP rider.

After the MotoGP Thai test, it can be safely said that Hafizh is the first Malaysian to ride a modern-day 1,000cc MotoGP bike.

The final confirmation will come from Monster Yamaha Tech3 on whether Hafizh Syahrin will become the first Malaysian MotoGP rider to race in the premier class this season.

Image source: MotoGP

It has been quite an amazing week for all Malaysians as Hafizh Syahrin was selected to join the MotoGP pre-season testing at the Buriram International Circuit. Riding the Yamaha M1 for the Monster Yamaha Tech3 squad, Hafizh Syahrin ultimately became the first ever South East Asian rider to ride a proper 1,000cc modern day MotoGP bike. (more…)

  • Khabar angin MotoGP terbaru telah menuding kepada kemungkinan Hafizh Syahrin akan mengorak langkah ke kelas premier untuk berlumba dengan pasukan Monster Yamaha Tech 3.
  • Oleh kerana Jonas Folger terpaksa berehat bagi musim 2018, pengurus pasukan Herve Poncharal telah sibuk mencari penggantinya.
  • Tiada apa yang telah disahkan lagi buat masa ini tetapi nama Hafizh Syahrin sudah pasti berada dalam senarai calon bagi mengemudi Yamaha M1 pada musim ini.



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