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West Press Service - West continues partnership with Honda Pons in 2002

West Press Service - West continues partnership with Honda Pons in 2002

West is delighted to announce they are continuing their partnership withthe Honda Pons team in the MotoGP World Championship. After a successful first season this year, West will continue as title sponsor of the team.

´We are happy to carry on our business relationship with Honda Pons after such a successful first season in MotoGP,´ revealed Pavel Turek, Head of West Sponsoring Communications. ´The team and the sport have provided us with so many opportunities in such an exciting vibrant market which has proved the perfect complement to our activities in Formula One. MotoGP isa tremendous sport with massive world-wide appeal. The foresight of theteams and the organisers has assured the expansion of the sport in the futureand we are honoured to be part of that. Sito Pons and his team have not only brought us grand prix success but also a stimulating working partnership through co-operation and fruitful discussion.´

The further continuity of the team is enhanced with the news that Italian Loris Capirossi and Brazilian Alex Barros will continue riding for theteam after successful three years with Sito Pons. They will ride the NSR two-stroke machines that have brought the team so much success over thelast years. Barros has won three grands prix, including the Italian at Mugello this year. Capirossi, a former 125 and 250cc World Champion, won theItalian Grand Prix last year and this year has finished eight times on the podium, including three second places.

´We are perfectly happy that West will continue as the title sponsor ofthe team after such a successful first year together,´ explained team manager Sito Pons. ´It´s been a pleasure to work with West who have given us somuch encouragement and brought us innovative marketing and promotions. MotoGPis rapidly expanding on a world-wide basis and the future of the sport, the teams and sponsors has never been brighter. It´s fabulous news that our partnership with West will be part of that expansion.´

West launched their motorsport programme in 1997 with their title sponsorship of the McLaren Mercedes Formula One team. Finnish driver Mika Hakkinen brought them World Championship success in 1998 and 1999 whilethe team also won the Constructors´ World Championship title in 1998. West isa brand of Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH, one of the leading tobacco manufacturers in the world.

Sito Pons won the World 250 Championship in 1988 and 1989 before takingover the team he had ridden for in 1992 which he renamed Honda Pons.

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