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Sito Pons happy with testing and looking forward to the forthcoming season

Sito Pons happy with testing and looking forward to the forthcoming season

Sito Pons happy with testing and looking forward to the forthcoming season Is the West Honda Pons team ready for the new season?

Sito Pons: I think we´re ready for a great season. We have a good bike, it is consistent, quick in all conditions and sufficiently tried and tested. We also have two highly motivated riders who are ready to battle for the World Championship. For these reasons I believe we are ready for the start of the season. Obviously there is some degree of uncertainty surrounding the 4 stroke bikes, something which will become clearer as the season progresses. Initially it seemed as though we would be a long way behind the 4 strokes, but following the practice at Montmeló that doesn´t appear to be the case.

mgp: So any hype about the dominance of the 4 strokes is perhaps misjudged?

S.P: I think the 4 stroke bikes are a threat to us and will become even more so as the season progresses. The 4 strokes have much greater room for improvement than our bikes. The only uncertainty is how quickly they will evolve.

mgp: Do you think Alex Barros´ performance has been somewhat eclipsed by the spectacular lap times of Loris Capirossi?

S.P: In the last practice Alex also did his fastest lap ever at the Catalunya Circuit and he beat the track record too. Obviously his current point of reference is Capirossi and he has some catching up to do. He is motivated and I think he will be up at the front in Suzuka.

mgp: Is the goal of the West Honda Pons Team to have its riders leading the classification of the 2 stroke bikes, as was the case in the IRTA practice at Montmeló?

S.P: Our goal is to win the World Championship. Our riders have completed an excellent preseason. Capirossi had the fastest time in Estoril and the second fastest in Barcelona and I honestly think we have got off to a great start.

mgp: What are your expectations for this transitional season for the MotoGP World Championship?

S.P: It promises to be a very interesting year indeed. It will be exciting as there is new technology on the track and because this new technology will make the World Championship evolve on a technological level with the presence of new manufacturers and important commercial interests

MotoGP, 2002

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