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RIO - Daijiro Katoh conquered the world title two weeks ago in Malaysia andtoday at Rio circuit he showed once again he´s really the best rider ever of250. With his insatiable desire to win Daijiro took his eleventh victory ofthe year at Jacarepagua circuit and set a new great record for most wins ina single season in the quarter of litre, being the previous most recent oneheld by Anton Mang since 1981 with ten wins, and also set a new record forthe most points (322) scored in the 250 class again in a single season,beating Valentino Rossi´s one clocked when winning the 250cc title in 1999with 309 points.Telefonica MoviStar Honda Japanese talent won for the first time ever a racedeclared wet and with today´s final triumph made Honda win the Constructor´stitle.A wonderful season ended in the best way possible, exactly as the new WorldChampion Katoh wished to.End of season in seventh place for team mate Alzamora, both in race and inChampionship classification. After difficult qualifying session, TelefonicaMoviStar Honda Spanish rider fought all race long to stay up the front anddid not make any mistake despite the bad weather conditions.Daijiro Katoh #74 - Honda NSR 250Position: 1stTime: 43´38.212´It was very difficult today, but non only for me, it was not easy foreverybody as conditions were changing lap by lap. It started to rain atmiddle race and the machine began to slide a little bit, so it becamedangerous, but then it got dry, I kept a good pace and I made it! I neverwon a wet race and I´m so happy to end the Championship with 11th victory!It´s a new record of wins in a season and I´m really delighted to achievesuch a result!´.Emilio Alzamora #7 - Honda NSR 250Position: 7thTime: 43´52.998´I had slick tyres rear and intermediate front, so as soon as it started torain I had some problems. To choose the right tyre was fundamental today.But considering I had several difficulties during practices, I guess myperformance was good anyway, as I stayed with the leading group for the mosttime. I can do a positive balance of my season: I scored podiums and Ifinally classified seventh, since I crashed few times, otherwise I couldprobably have arrived further. I´m happy because next year I will ride againwith Gresini. I have big trust in my team and now that I´ve learnt how toset up 250cc machine I´m confident to work much better´.Fausto Gresini - Team manager´Today´s race was particularly difficult due to bad weather conditions, butwe were anyway ready to face any kind of situation. I guess we had the mostcomplicated one, as it was half wet and half dry. We made our strategyfinally to keep safe in a way the Constructor´s title as well. In factDaijiro had intermediate tyres, while Emilio put front intermediate andslick rear. I´m very happy to see that Katoh finished the season in the wayhe wished to: a great win after getting the title. As far as Emilio concernstoday he did better than at practice. He ended seventh in the Championshipafter one year of experience and I guess it was a good season of learningfor him. We´ll expect him more mature next year and ready to win´.Angel Nieto - general manager´It´s just fantastic! Katoh is really a great rider, a real Champion, he´slike a hammer and he always takes advantage of all chances he may have towin. I wish he will be so successful in MotoGP as well´.

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