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Eric Bataille hoping to convert French success into full time GP ride

Eric Bataille hoping to convert French success into full time GP ride

Eric Bataille hoping to convert French success into full time GP ride

The 2002 season has been a year of change for Eric Bataille, who sacrificed his 125cc World Championship ride for a crack at the 250cc French and Spanish titles. The 22 year old also relinquished his status as Andorra´s only international motorcycle representative, preferring instead to return to his French roots and represent the country of his childhood, as he looked to establish a reputation as a dependable Grand Prix proposition.

`I think sometimes you have to take one step backwards in order to take two steps forward,´ explained Bataille, who rides as a wildcard this weekend in Rio. `Riding in France was a good chance for me to put myself on the map. I had lived there all my life and always considered myself French, but I was born in Andorra and thought representing such a small country would provide good sponsorship opportunities. Unfortunately it didn´t work out that way and now I am glad to be representing my own country again´.

After winning the national series in his home country, Bataille is now combining his wildcard GP performances with a tilt at the Spanish title. `I think the Spanish Championship is regarded as the best in Europe, and the level is certainly competitive,´ he continues. `At the moment I am in third place, four points behind second and 19 points behind first with two rounds to go. It would be great to win the title, but I am already focussed on next season. I have an offer from BQR and am also talking to the French Scrab team, so hopefully something will be sorted out soon.´

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250cc, 2002

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