Spanish MotoGP rider Pol Espargaro will remain with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team for the 2016 season after signing a one-year contract extension.
Espargaro, 24, joined the Yamaha satellite team for 2014 after winning the Moto2 title the previous year, and finished as the leading satellite bike rider and rookie in the final standings.
Although he is yet to score a podium finish in MotoGP, Espargaro has been rewarded for his consistent performances with a contract extension that means he will remain with Tech 3 until the end of 2016.
“I’m happy, because renewing my contract with a factory like Yamaha is always going to be fantastic,” Espargaro said.
“Yamaha gave me the opportunity to make my debut in MotoGP and together, I think we had a really good first season. This year we are working hard to improve our results that have not been as strong as we would have liked at this point of the year.”
Espargaro was part of Yamaha’s winning team at the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours back in July, giving the Spaniard a boost heading into the second half of the 2015 MotoGP season.
“This announcement is also fantastic following the success at Suzuka, where we undertook some really good work together that concluded in the victory that was great for Yamaha and also for my confidence,” Espargaro said.
“Therefore, I hope that this result and the renewal of my contract will help me for the nine races that we still have left in 2015, which is the most important thing for me to focus on right now.”