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Alberto Puig talks about Assen success and his expectations for Donington Park

Alberto Puig talks about Assen success and his expectations for Donington Park

Alberto Puig talks about Assen success and his expectations for Donington Park

Before heading towards England, Alberto Puig, boss of the Telelefonica Movistar Junior Team, talked with about the performances of his riders in Assen, Dani Pedrosa (1st) and Joan Olivé (3rd). The Spaniard also expressed his views on the upcoming races, and more specifically about the one taking place this weekend in Donington Park.

´It was a very special win´ explains Puig. ´Obviously, we had been talking about it before, but you can´t predict when it will occur. Winning this way in Assen is pretty complicated. You have to keep up the pace and remain focussed all race long. In that aspect, Dani did a perfect job. He tried and achieved it. His speed on the early laps was the key, as the other riders weren´t able to follow him and remained way behind. It´s a great result for the whole team, the mechanics and every member of the staff. They deserved it, because our bikes have reached such a level thanks to their ability to find the solutions at the right time´.

It was a great day for Olivé too, and his team director was quick to praise the Tarragona-born rider : ´In the early stages of the season, Joan had a spate of bad luck. Assen has been pretty good and we finally see him fighting at the front, which could have been possible earlier under other circumstances´. $$$ ´From now, more attention may be paid to them, but I don´t think this will affect them in a significant way. The most important thing is staying calm. Our philosophy is to not let ourselves get carried away. We have learnt a lesson from last year - you have to wait and see how the Championship goes on´ .

According to Puig, a solo effort like Pedrosa´s race a fortnight ago would be impossible in England : ´The race in Donington is going to be very different. Acceleration is pretty important there and the conditions won´t be the same - nobody will be able to escape from the start. We´re well aware of the limits of our bikes. From a technical point of view, I believe Derbi will be very strong. Poggiali, as the world reigning champion, deserves praise, but we´re very impressed by his machinery. We´re convinced that our riders are as quick as any other rider of the class´.

125cc, 2002, Cinzano British Grand Prix

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