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Chuck Sorensen hoping to make his point at Valencia

Chuck Sorensen hoping to make his point at Valencia

Chuck Sorensen hoping to make his point at Valencia

AMA 250cc Champion Chuck Sorensen fulfils a lifelong dream this weekend as he makes his World Championship debut at the final round of the 2002 season. The Californian is a self-confessed Grand Prix fanatic and after lifting the national title in August his Stargel Aprilia team looked to put the icing on the cake with a wildcard ride before the end of the season. The fact that it came in Valencia was an unexpected but welcome surprise for the 30 year old, who held off strict competition for places on the Iberian peninsular.

`I am absolutely stoked to be here because of all the races in the second half of the season I thought this would be the most difficult to get an entry for,´ beamed Sorensen as he helped his team prepare his RSV-250 for the first free practice on Friday morning. `The Spaniards are bike crazy and there are a lot of good riders here. The track is beautiful – absolutely awesome – and I am very excited to be here. Myself and the team owner Rocky Stargel have a great love for two-strokes and it was thanks to him buying an old 500 a few years ago that we had the crate to bring my bike over here – otherwise we wouldn´t have been able to race. We got the call, threw the bike in the box and here we are.´

Sorensen knows that it will be a step up for him in class but he is confident he can make the grade. `The competition is tough but I have been racing for 10 years and I can hold my own. In AMA you usually see guys going for it right from the first session and I see no real need to change my tactics. The toughest aspect I am expecting to encounter will be with the tyres, because the races are twice as long here so I will have to use a much harder compound than I am used to. Maybe for this reason I will have to be a little careful but I have my heart set on a championship point.´

Whilst his current focus lies on home soil, Sorensen has one eye on the future and a revitalised role for Grand Prix racing across the Atlantic. `My main priority is to defend the number one plate in AMA 250 for 2003 but I hope to establish a possible GP future here this weekend. With guys like Hayden, Edwards and Hopkins coming across it is bad news for Superbikes – both AMA and WSB – and I think Grand Prix will be huge in America once again. I have a lot of four-stroke experience with 600 Supersport and Formula Xtreme and I would love a shot at MotoGP.´

250cc, 2002, Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

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