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TU Racing Team launch in Milan with Roberto Locatelli and Simone Sanna
The Hollywood Rithmoteque in Milan was the venue for the launch of TU Racing Team, who will be directed by Mauro Noccioli and who will contest the 250 and 125 World Championships with Roberto Locatelli and Simone Sanna respectively.
The brightly coloured motorcycles, sponsored by Italian communication company TU, who also sponsor football giants Juventus, were outshone only by Locatell´s new look. The former 125 World Champion has now dispensed of his famous blonde pony tail and opted for a more sensible haircut. The Inter Milan supporter joked about his sponsors´ footballing preferences, before turning his attention to the season ahead: ´This year is a pending challenge for me and I\'m not hiding my ambitions,´´ he declared. ``We have not spent the winter tests looking for great times, but have concentrated on completing our work methodically. The official 250 practice sessions have been cut down by 15 minutes and, in accordance with Noccioli, we have decided to start the campaign with the same set-up as in 2001, at least for the first two races. This should allow us to have better references at difficult circuits like Suzuka and Welkom´.
Locatelli added that his relationship with Noccioli has a long time to run yet and that they have a common objective of claiming the 250 title before stepping up to the MotoGP class.