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Emilio Alzamora signs with Derbi for 2003

Emilio Alzamora signs with Derbi for 2003

Emilio Alzamora signs with Derbi for 2003

Former 125cc World Champion Emilio Alzamora will return to the category in 2003 after signing a deal to ride with Derbi. The Spaniard will race alongside 15 year old compatriot Jorge Lorenzo and try to repeat the feats of Ángel Nieto and Jorge Martínez ´Aspar´, who spent the most successful years of their careers with the Spanish factory.

´We have been chasing Emilio Alzamora for months because he is a very exciting prospect for our team,´ said Derbi Racing General Manager Giampiero Sacchi. `At last we have reached an agreement and I am convinced that his experience and talent combined with the technical depth of our team will allow us to fight for the World Championship´.

Meanwhile, Alzamora is looking forward to the challenge of flying the flag for a local manufacturer. ´To be a Derbi rider is a real privilege,´ he says. `The `red bullets´ have a lot of prestige and have been ridden by the best Spanish riders in history. I am excited to be going back to 125cc and am looking forward to fighting for victory at every race and for the world title. To be successful with a factory from my home country would be a double satisfaction and I would love to contribute to that. From now on I am just thinking about getting on with testing and the hard work we have in front of us if we want to be competitive and have a chance of achieving our objectives. We are going to give everything - both myself and the magnificent team I will have around me – and we hope to be in peak conditions when the 2003 season starts at Suzuka´.

Alzamora finished seventh in the 250cc World Championship in 2002, matching his achievements from the previous season.

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125cc, 2002

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