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Alberto Puig: `We are going into 250 with optimism, modesty and enthusiasm´

Alberto Puig: `We are going into 250 with optimism, modesty and enthusiasm´

Alberto Puig: `We are going into 250 with optimism, modesty and enthusiasm´

Alberto Puig has become a team manager with many of the attributes he displayed as a rider. Often temperamental and passionate, with the change in job description he has also shown the ability to pass on his experience to the new wave of motorcycle racers. In 2003, the team Puig manages widens its scope as it enters the quarter-litre category for the first time, with Argentine Sebastian Porto at the handlebars of one of the new official Hondas.

`The opportunity arose to take this project forward, and it seemed interesting to me,´ explains the ex-rider who has led the Telefonica Movistar Junior 125 team for the last two seasons. `I think that it is a logical step for a team which is evolving like ours is. We have strived for the best, in terms of both rider and machine, and we will go into 250 with optimism, modesty and great enthusiasm. We know we are racing against top level teams which have a lot of experience. We are beginning from scratch in 250, just like we did in 125 two years back. However, now we count ourselves as one of the teams people look out for in that class and, with time, we hope that can be the case in 250´.

The Argentinean rider, Sebastian Porto, the team's first choice, will bring important qualities to the venture in Puig´s opinion, `We have looked at his career and are convinced that he has all the necessary traits for our team. He has never really had the means to fight for the top spots, and this year with a better bike he was able to show what he is made of. I'm very happy to have him in the team, he is still young but has massive experience in the sport. I think that next year Porto can follow on from his efforts of 2002; that is our belief anyway, and when the season begins we shall see how it all pans out´.

Porto will be using one of the new Honda 250 RSW machines which will replace the NSR at the quarter-litre level. Having showed its potential with Takahashi's wildcard podium finish in Motegi, Puig is confident that the latest version of the Japanese bike will be up to scratch, `I know that Honda are working hard on this machine, they are 100% focused on it. We are convinced by HRC´s reliability, and are both proud and grateful to be using this top material next year´.

250cc, 2002

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