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Naoki Matsudo maintains points sequence despite problems in Assen

Naoki Matsudo maintains points sequence despite problems in Assen

Naoki Matsudo maintains points sequence despite problems in Assen

Unsung Japanese star Naoki Matsudo is one of just three riders to have scored points in every round of the 250cc World Championship so far this season. The Dark Dog Yamaha Kurtz man was one of the many sufferers at the hands of changing meteorlogical conditions at Assen, but he managed to salvage his impressive points sequence as he finished the race in fourteenth place and picked up two important points.

´The rain started to fall just before the race and we didn´t know whether it would continue, so we went for a cut slick,´ he explains. `But after the first few laps the conditions changed from wet to dry, we got our choice wrong and it was difficult to ride the bike and finish in the points.´

Matsudo recognises the importance of those two points and has more reason than most to want to continue his run next week at Donington Park. `All the points are important for the Championship of course, but Donington Park is one of my favouriote circuits. Also, it seems like the Yamaha goes well there so we should get some good settings for the bike. Last year I finished fifth and the year before that I went from 20th on the grid to third place and my first ever podium so I have some very good memories of Donington Park and I want more´.

With the season reaching the halfway stage, Matsudo is clear about his objectives for the remainder of the year: `Last year I scored in all but two races, and this year I want to score in all of them. I finished tenth overall in 2000 and last year I was ninth, so hopefully I can continue that progression and finish higher up the standings again.´

Tags:
250cc, 2002

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