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Ralf Waldmann signs for Harris-WCM

Ralf Waldmann signs for Harris-WCM

Ralf Waldmann signs for Harris-WCM

Harris-WCM have announced that veteran German rider Ralf Waldmann will return to MotoGP in 2003 to partner young British rookie Chris Burns on their prototype four-stroke machine. Waldmann has six 125cc and fourteen 250cc Grand Prix victories to his name, and rode in the premier class on the three cylinder Modenas in 1998 for Team Roberts.

`I had stopped but I missed racing so much that I did three GPs last year with a small team I put together myself,´ said Waldmann, who rode as a wildcard in the quarter-litre class at Assen, Sachsenring and Brno. `I realised that I could still ride fast, I have the confidence that I can do it and I really love it. That is more than anything why I want to race, it is not the money, I love racing, I have raced in every class from 80cc, through 125, 250 and 500 now to MotoGP. I know that my style suites the big bikes because I am not really a high corner speed rider, I like to use the power and I found that when I rode Kenny´s 500.´

The news of Waldmann´s signature was welcomed by his new team-mate Burns. `It is great news that Ralf is in the team,´ he said `I don´t know him personally yet but I hear he´s a good bloke and I certainly respect what he´s done, he´s got a huge amount of experience and I am looking forward to learning from him.´

Meanwhile Director of Racing Peter Clifford expressed his delight at the exciting blend of youth and experience now committed to the team. `We already had a superb team of people putting the motorcycles together. Dave Hagen is preparing the engines and Harris Performance Products the rolling chassis. The WCM team that won GP´s as Red Bull Yamaha brings that experience to the mix and we now have two guys well capable of making the very best of what we can provide.´

MotoGP, 2002

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