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Stefano Bianco happy with debut as official World Championship rider

Stefano Bianco happy with debut as official World Championship rider

Stefano Bianco happy with debut as official World Championship rider

Young Italian rider, Stefano Bianco, was one of the main protagonists in Sunday´s race at Suzuka when the new 125cc season officially got underway. His first appearance in the World Championship had been in 2000 at Philip Island where he stepped in to replace Mirko Giansanti, however this is his first season as an official team rider, as he competes for the Bossini Sterlingarda Racing set-up.

Stefano related his feelings to motograndprix.com after last weekend´s race. ´It was very emotional for me. I´m now battling against all the greats for the whole season. Despite having raced before in Australia, Sunday was different.´ As regards the race, which the 16 year-old had to retire from after two falls, Bianco commented, ´I made a mistake which I put down to inexperience. It was the first time that I had raced in wet conditions, and I lost control of the bike going into a corner and couldn't get it back. However, I want to make it clear that the bike was running perfectly throughout the whole weekend, which can be seen from my times in qualifying and the race. I think I could have even got pole position, but unfortunately I fell after my fast lap´.

The young Italian, who posted the race´s fastest lap, has already set himself some goals for this season. ´One thing is for certain, and that is that I still have a lot to learn. I feel very fortunate though because the team is doing a great job, and I get on really well with all of them. The data we picked up from Sunday´s race will help us in the coming meetings as well. I really believe in the potential of the bike, and if I can finish in the top ten or fifteen of the Championship it would be a dream.´

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125cc, 2002, Stefano Bianco

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