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Arnaud Vincent: ´At last I´ve got the chance to show my full potential!´

Arnaud Vincent: ´At last I´ve got the chance to show my full potential!´

Arnaud Vincent: ´At last I´ve got the chance to show my full potential!´

Once again back on an Aprilia, and this time racing for the Imola circuit team - Exalt Cycle Race, Arnaud Vincent is currently leading the 125cc World Championship standings after three rounds. spoke to the French rider on his early season success, his views on the championship and also the forthcoming French GP, which takes place in Le Mans this weekend. One win and two podiums from the first three races… more or less a perfect start to the season. Have you surprised yourself?

Arnaud Vincent: Not really. For the last two seasons I know I have been underachieving. This year I have a good bike, a good team and things are going well. Everything is working well together so it´s only logical that the results have now come. It´s a big change from last year… Have your recent results given you a new confidence going into races?

AV: I´m finally on machinery with which I can show my true potential. However, even though in the past I´ve ridden on bikes which haven´t lived up to my expectations, I´ve always been confident in my own ability. This year the bike is efficient and the results have followed, this proves I was right to keep persevering, and it´s a real relief. With a lead of 24 points over Poggiali you have a bit of breathing space in the standings. How are you going to approach the rest of the season?

AV: I really haven´t been thinking about the championship table. We´ve only had three races, and there are still thirteen to go. The championship has only just started and anything could happen. The best thing is to take every race as it comes, and to perform well there, not to think about doing any sums. The next round is in Le Mans. Is racing in front of your own fans an added pressure, or a support?

AV: I don´t feel any great pressure from the idea of racing in France. In fact it is the opposite, thanks to my website I know I have a lot of supporters and that is a real help. Next weekend I´ll be going all out to give them something to cheer about!

125cc, 2002, Polini Grand Prix de France

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