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Jay Vincent hoping luck is around the corner at Donington

Jay Vincent hoping luck is around the corner at Donington

Jay Vincent hoping luck is around the corner at Donington

It has been another tough year for 250 war horse Jason Vincent. The 29 year old British rider is widely regarded as one of the most gifted riders in the Grand Prix paddock, but he has become used to fighting against the odds throughout his career and this season has been no different. After struggling through the first half of last season with the ill-fated Pulse 500 project, Vincent this year renewed acquaintance with a privateer Honda as he returned to the 250 class in the Spanish-based BQR team alongside fellow Briton Leon Haslam.

However, things have not gone to plan over the first seven races, with disruptions within the team and just four point scoring finishes between the two riders putting a serious dent in Vincent´s habitually optimistic outlook. `I must admit I am very disappointed with the way things have gone so far,´ he laments. `When I signed the deal at the start of the season we were assured that the bike would be continually developed, but it has just stood still while the rest of the field have got better. The only positive for me this year has been that I love GP racing and I am still here´.$$$ As the season reaches the halfway stage, time is running out for Vincent and he knows that the team must make a marked improvement, starting with his home race next weekend at Donington Park. `I am hoping that the fact this is my home race will persuade Honda to send us some new parts, and if they do then I think we can make an impression. Our weak points are top speed and acceleration and with Donington and Sachsenring both being twisty tracks then I am sure we can make top ten finishes with just a bit more power out of the corners´.

One year ago the former British Champion was preparing for the ride of his life, as a replacement for injury victim Garry McCoy on the Red Bull Yamaha YZR500. This year his situation could not be more different. `It was a pretty hectic period for me this time last year, but the ride with Red Bull was definitely the highlight of my career so far and I think I proved I can compete at that level given a chance. This year I am at a low point but both Leon and I know this track better than anyone else in the field and we will get the absolute maximum out of our machines. Hopefully things will click into place and we can start to look forward to the rest of the season´.

250cc, 2002

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