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Aprilia conclude 250 preseason programme with Mugello test

Aprilia conclude 250 preseason programme with Mugello test

Aprilia conclude 250 preseason programme with Mugello test

The Aprilia 250cc squad finished its preseason programme last week with a private test at Mugello. MS Aprilia Racing rider Marco Melandri was joined by the Team Telefónica Movistar – Repsol duo of Fonsi Nieto and Toni Elias at the Italian circuit where testing was cut short on Friday due to adverse weather conditions. Melandri and his team used this final session to make minor set-up modifications designed to improve steering. The Italian youngster is now over the injury problems which have hindered him throughout the winter and is ready to make a title challenge in 2002.

Nieto and Elias were only able to complete five laps on the final days of testing as they attempted to begin set-up procedure for the first race of the season in Japan on April 7. ´The work we have completed throughout the preseason has been very positive,´ explained Elias. ´I have followed a learning process, clocking up the kilometres and gaining experience bit by bit. Japan is the start of a new era for me and I am really looking forward to finding out what stage I´m at compared to the other riders in the category.´

Fonsi added: ´I am really satisfied with the support we have been given by Aprilia and I believe we have the best possible material to achieve our objectives. I have been in the top three at each of the preseason tests and I think our prospects for the season are very good.´

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250cc, 2002

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