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Raul Jara ready to bury his Jerez nightmare

Raul Jara ready to bury his Jerez nightmare

Raul Jara ready to bury his Jerez nightmare

One year ago, at the Circuito de Jerez, the budding career of exciting young Spanish prospect Raul Jara was almost thrown off the rails by a nasty crash which broke his vertebrae and wrecked his season. Having stepped up to the 125 World Championship as part of the Alberto Puig youth project, the Barcelona youngster was integrated into an Aprilia team run by Lucio Cecchinello. After a disappointing season he is now looking to put his career back on track in a 250 team run by the Spanish Federation, and took the first step towards fulfilling his potential with sixth place on the grid in South Africa.

Now he is hoping to reproduce that level of performance at his home Grand Prix: `The performance of the bike over in South Africa was very pleasing and I am happy with the way things are progressing,´ he explained to `It was nice to be up there with the top riders and a shame that I crashed out of tenth place in the race but my objectives remain the same. I just want to gather experience for next season and fight for as many points as possible. Obviously I would like to repeat my qualifying performance here but it will be very tough´.

Jerez also represents a chance for Raul to bury the nightmare which has dogged him for the last year. `The crash here affected me for the rest of last season. I never really got back to full fitness and didn´t feel comfortable with the bike or the team. This year is a lot different and I hope to enjoy the occasion. This is Jerez and it will be a very special day for us Spanish riders. Hopefully this year it will be one I would like to remember!´

250cc, 2002, Gran Premio Marlboro de España

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