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Arnaud Vincent returns to Aprilia

Arnaud Vincent returns to Aprilia

At 27 years of age Arnaud Vincent will this season contest his fifth consecutive 125cc World Championship. The Frenchman, who has two victories and nine podiums to his name, left Aprilia last year to switch to a Honda and he finished in the top three twice. For the 2002 season Vincent has taken the decision to return to Aprilia in a team run by Fiorenzo Caponera. Arnaud, firstly our best wishes for 2002

A.V: Thanks. Happy New Year to all the readers at

mgp: You were set to sign a contract for 2002 just before the Christmas holidays. What can you tell us about that?

A.V: Actually I have just signed a one year contract to ride in the 125cc World Championship on an Aprilia with Fiorenzo Caponera, who last year ran Simone Sanna in 125 and Roberto Rolfo in 250.

mgp: How did negotiations go?

A.V: I had several offers with Honda and Aprilia. At the start Honda didn´t want to give me factory help, whilst Fiorenzo Caponera seemed more open in this respect although I would have to provide some of the financial support. Later, Honda changed their minds and offered me official material. I told Caponera of this new proposal and he offered me a contract without the need to bring financial support and we have finally signed a deal.

mgp: What are your first impressions of the new team?

A.V: This squad won the 125 title in 2000 with an Aprilia so they know the machine very well. The name of our main sponsor has not yet been released but we will be on Dunlop tyres with Ohlins suspension. Franco Battaini will run from the same team in the 250 class.

mgp: How do you see the 2002 season going?

A.V: We all go out to win but it just depends on the material you have available. With Aprilia if you are at the front then you have an added advantage, so my objective is to arrive at the first races in the best possible conditions and convince the factory they can trust in me. If I have the right materials I will be fighting for the wins.

125cc, 2001

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