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Talmacsi looking to build on Rio progress

Talmacsi looking to build on Rio progress

Talmacsi looking to build on Rio progress

Gabor Talmacsi returns to the scene of his best result in 2001 this weekend, just 14 days after picking up his highest finish of 2002. Last year the Hungarian finished sixth at Motegi to cap an impressive rookie season, whilst this year he has consolidated his progression through the World Championship ranks with a first ever front row start and fourth place in the race. Now Talmacsi believes he is ready to shake off the tag of `wet specialist´, and make a fresh assault on the leading lights of the minor category of Grand Prix racing.

`I like this track very much and last year I got a good result, so I am hopeful for this weekend,´ commented the 21 year old. `I think I could have attacked for the podium in Rio, but I did that in Portugal and crashed so in Rio I rode carefully all the way to the line. If the conditions are the same this weekend then I will be confident and will go for the win, but I am not praying for rain. In Rio I was fast in the dry and put my bike on the front row. Okay, I followed Poggiali but I had to because me bike is not as fast as the others down the straights. We are making good progress with the tyres and I think we can be fast in any conditions.´

Talmacsi´s recent performances have not gone unnoticed in his native Hungary, and he received a hero´s welcome on his return to Budapest last week. `We crossed the border from Italy because we had been to my manager´s base in Milan, and at the first service station in Hungary there were around 150 people on motorcycles waiting for me. They escorted us all the way to the Hungaroring and we did a celebration lap. Then we had a big party!´.

125cc, 2002, Gabor Talmacsi

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