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David Garcia to make MotoGP debut at Valencia

David Garcia to make MotoGP debut at Valencia

David Garcia to make MotoGP debut at Valencia

Former European 250cc Champion David Garcia finally gets the slice of MotoGP action he feels he has deserved for over a year when he lines up as a wildcard at the Marlboro Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana this weekend. The Spaniard, who signed as a test rider for the Proton KR team at the beginning of 2002, has waited patiently in the wings throughout the season, contesting several rounds of the Spanish Supersport series and even replacing countryman Emilio Alzamora for the 250cc Czech GP back in June. Time almost ran out on the 24 year old but now he is in line for a piece of history as the three cylinder machine makes its final bow.

`Part of the agreement when I signed for Proton was that I would contest at least one GP, and we expected it to be Valencia,´ said Garcia. `I feel it is a reward for enduring a very tough year and I am really looking forward to it. There is absolutely no development to be done on the machine because it is the last race, so we just have to get it set-up as quick as possible and I will try and give a good account of myself in the race.´

Garcia knows he is up against it this weekend, not least because of the power disadvantage of the KR3 – a machine he has not ridden for over five months. `The way McWilliams and Aoki have ridden the bike lately gives me a grain of hope that I can do something. I wasn´t far off McWilliams in testing and I know the track but I will be up against the best 22 riders in the world with a whole season of development behind them. When you think about it, it´s a bit crazy but I think I can do something. It is important to have a young Spaniard in the MotoGP class and I am very motivated.´

Having won the European Championship in 2001, Garcia could have expected a decent 250 ride in 2002 but says he has no regrets about his decision to go with Proton KR and will do so again if the opportunity arises. `When someone like Kenny Roberts approaches you then you don´t say no, and I am happy to have had the chance to work with such a great team. I suppose I could look to a full ride in 250 for 2003 but I have to think of the best way to stay in contact with the MotoGP class and if that is being a four-stroke test rider then so be it. Hopefully I will get that chance with Proton.´

MotoGP, 2002, Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

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