125cc rider line-up has been refreshed
In the 250cc class 2007 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo stays to defend his crown and the man who so nearly prevented his success last season, the masterly Andrea Dovizioso (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW) also stays in the quarter-litre
category to challenge him again.
Dovi said, I am very confident about the season. The engine is definitely stronger than last year, but I have not run with the riders from other manufacturers so I can't say how close we are or what the differences are. The new chassis is better and I have a good feeling with this bike. I am very fit and mentally much stronger than last year so I am looking forward to a good season.
His team-mate Yuki Takahashi (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW) said, At the end of last year I broke my leg and have not yet fully recovered, only about 80%. I am improving all the time and I will race well with the new bike. I like the power increase and the way the chassis works, it feels like last year's bike but better. I don't really like the circuit at Qatar but I will try my best to get a good result on Saturday.
Shuhei Aoyama (Repsol Honda RS250RW) said, This pre-season hasn't been bad. We've made a lot of tests in which I have been able to learn how to move better on the bike, but I still have to improve. I want to start now. I hope to be able to be on the podium more often this year. The first race will be on a track I don't like much, but the tests weren't bad and I hope to be among the best.
Julian Simon (Repsol Honda RS250RW) said, It's been a positive pre-season, not only for the lap times but because we've been able to get used to the new bike.
That's what worried me most but hanks to the work of the whole team we've managed to understand how to ride a 250cc machine, which was the most important. But well, there is still some work to do and I'm arriving in Qatar taking it as a Grand Prix but also as a further step in my training.
And the Honda line-up for 2007 features some new faces among the more experienced riders. The first Thai rider to embark on a season in Grands Prix is eager to get his season underway.
Ratthapark Wilairot (Stop And Go Racing Honda RS250RW) said, I'm really looking forward to my first season in the World Championships. We'll start on a track where we previously tested and this should give me a chance to be competitive. Now it's the moment of truth after a long and intense winter but the most important thing is to keep improving every time I'm on track so we can get the best possible results.
The 125cc rider line-up has been refreshed with Esteve Rabat joining Bradley Smith in the Repsol outfit and Mike di Meglio taking a Humangest berth alongside new boy Stefano Musco, while Joey Litjens remains with Arie Molenaar.
Bradley Smith (Repsol Honda RS125R) said, We've had a good pre-season. We've had a lot of time to practice and test, much more than last year and that's good. Everything seems to be in place for the first race and I'm happy with the performance of the whole team and the bike.
His team-mate Esteve Rabat (Repsol Honda RS125R) said, I feel good after all these tests. My intention is to do the best I can and I'm looking forward to starting. I've learned a lot and the work of the whole team has allowed me to improve. Everybody has done a great job. If we stay focused, we will do well.
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