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Jaroslav Hules hoping to provide boost to Czech communities

Jaroslav Hules hoping to provide boost to Czech communities

Jaroslav Hules hoping to provide boost to Czech communities

Jaroslav Hules faces one of the biggest challenges of his life this weekend as he makes his 250 debut with the Dark Dog Yamaha Kurz team. The Czech rider steps up from the 125 class for his home Grand Prix and, as well as the pressure of riding a new bike in a new team for the first time, he faces the responsibility of trying to lift the spirits of a nation hit by tragedy in the floods which have spread across this part of Central Europe during recent weeks. Despite the demands of his assignment this weekend, Hules is in relaxed mood and, as he revealed to motograndprix.com, relieved that he is riding at all.

`I am aware of the spotlight which is on me this weekend but I do not feel any pressure,´ explained the 28 year old. `I am just very happy to be riding at my home Grand Prix because for the last two months I have not ridden a bike and this is a fantastic opportunity for me. The team have told me to take it steady and there is no pressure from the sponsors, but in my heart I feel the responsibility to perform for my home crowd and ride as hard as I possibly can´.

After his first session on Friday morning Hules was able to evaluate the difference between the 125cc Aprilia he rode for the first seven rounds of the 2002 season with the heavier, more powerful 250cc Yamaha. `It is a lot more physical and for sure I will have to adapt my style,´ he remarks. `It is the first time I have used carbon brakes, which make a huge difference, but I am confident I can make the step and be competitive very soon. My new team-mate Naoki Matsudo has shown that this bike can be near the front, it seems like a good team so at the moment I couldn´t be happier with the way things have worked out´.

Hules´ relief comes on the back of a hugely disappointing first half of the season, which led to a split with the CWF-Matteoni team and an acrimonious rift with his manager. `The season started okay in Japan,´ he reflects. `Qualifying was good and I was fighting for the win when I crashed. Since then it has got continually worse. My sponsors and my manager were pushing me too hard. There was too much pressure on me and my head couldn´t take it. I don´t know if I will work with my manager again or not As you can see he is not here and that tells its own story.´

The determined rider is now intent on putting his personal troubles behind him and making his own contribution to a more significant problem. `I got this ride on my own and I am fighting for myself, but this weekend is not about just me. In my home town there were huge problems with the floods and if I can help by achieving a positive result then that would be great. On Sunday I am riding for the people.´

Tags:
250cc, 2002, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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