Espargaro re-signs with Yamaha Tech 3

Pol Espargaro believes continuity will be key to a strong campaign in 2016 as it is confirmed he will remain with Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

The Spanish rider stepped up into the premier class with Yamaha in 2014, signing with the satellite team.

He finished sixth in an impressive debut campaign and although this year he is short of that mark, the 24-year-old's talent was firmly on display at the recent Suzuka 8 Hour race which he won having started from pole position.

Determined to build on that result and his relationship with Yamaha, Espargaro will remain with the Monster Tech 3 team in 2016.

"I'm happy, because renewing my contract with a factory like Yamaha is always going to be fantastic," the 24-year-old 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.

"Despite some tricky moments this year, I know the bike and I know I can continue to work well together with Yamaha and Tech3 in order to achieve our goals. This announcement is also fantastic following the success at Suzuka, where we undertook some really good work together that concluded in the victory which was great for Yamaha and also for my confidence.

"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."

The Spaniard is hoping that the continuity of rider and team will pay dividends next season as MotoGP implements several changes including the introduction of a new tyre supplier, Michelin.

He added: "Next season there will be some important changes in the category, such as the alterations to the technical regulations and especially, the changing of the tyre supplier. From my point of view, the less you change with regards to the team and the bike, the easier it will be to adapt to all of this."