Edwards-Toseland Rivalry Can Only Boost Tech 3
What seemed to be a great team relationship between the two former World Superbike champions turned into a new rivalry ahead of the new season. However, team principal Herve Poncharal insisted the “battle” between his two riders can only benefit the team this year, as it will lead them to constantly try and better each other.
“I can't say too much about what Colin has said because those are his own views, but you always know that the first person a rider wants to beat is his own teammate. If it gives extra motivation to James' department and to Colin's department I am absolutely happy,” said Poncharal.
“We will never see two riders going on holiday together because this is an individual sport. They respect each other still, okay they don't talk anymore, but who cares? I wanted to give both of them the best support I could and that is what I have done,” added the Frenchman.
According to Tech 3 Yamaha's team boss, the switch in crew chiefs happened as a result of Toseland and Garry Reynders (crew chief for Edwards in 2008) being both Englishmen and getting along better than James' previous commitment. Edwards was infuriated with the decision, as he was not previously informed about it.
Later on, Edwards praised his relationship with new crew chief Guy Coulon – who was part of Toseland's team in 2008 – following the first series of tests for the 2009 season. Poncharal confirmed it himself:
“Since then Colin has had a dream start, as he had a great time in testing both in Jerez in November and then in Sepang with the new bike. He is very, very happy now,” concluded the team boss.