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Jose Luis Cardoso to ride 4 stroke MuZ in 2002

Jose Luis Cardoso to ride 4 stroke MuZ in 2002

Jose Luis Cardoso has signed a deal with MuZ to ride their 4 stroke MotoGP machine in the 2002 World Championship. The Spanish rider will guide the German factory´s latest creation through what will undoubtedly be a season of development.

´The idea of working with a 4 stroke machine is very appealing to me,´ said Cardoso. ´The chance to help develop a completely new motorcycle within a team which has Formula 1 engine experience, and is therefore sure to be top quality, is extremely exciting for my career. I hope to get to work as soon as possible.´

Cardoso plans to travel to Germany soon to speak to the team´s Sporting Director, Jurgen Zurn, and to visit the centre where the 4 stroke bikes are currently being developed. From there he will have a clearer idea of the MuZ squad´s schedule for the next few months. ´At the moment I´m not sure of the detailed plans for preseason,´ said Cardoso. ´I know that there is a lot of work to do and that we probably won´t be ready to compete until the fourth or fifth Grand Prix of the season. I have been told that I could have a German team-mate, but both his name and the definite calendar have yet to be confirmed.´

The 27 year old from Seville is already something of a MotoGP veteran, having made his debut back in 1993. His experience in the 125 and 250 categories led to a 500 ride in 1999 with the Maxon team. Last season he lined up alongside Norick Abe in Luis D´Antín's Yamaha squad, although he failed to impress in a disappointing year. He finished in 16th place overall with a best finish of eighth in the final race at Brazil. The friendly Spaniard is now keen to prove that he is capable of higher things: ´I think it´s time for me to get hold of a competitive bike and show that I can do better. Hopefully I will have the tools I need to be successful. 2002 will be a very difficult season and it is a year of important changes, but I feel very privileged to be riding a 4 stroke machine and I hope to do well.´

500cc, 2001

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