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Aprilia teams complete Catalunya test

Aprilia teams complete Catalunya test

Aprilia teams complete Catalunya test

The official factory Aprilia teams were at Catalunya today for a penultimate preseason test before the start of the 2003 campaign, lapping alongside a glut of MotoGP teams. Fonsi Nieto, Toni Elias, Manuel Poggiali and Randy de Puniet were all present, as several of their quarter-litre rivals lapped concurrently in Valencia. Nieto and Elias have noted discreet lap times during the winter tests but both crashed today as they pushed hard to remind factory new boys de Puniet and Poggiali of their seniority.

Team Aspar Junior riders Joan Olivé and Hector Faubel also tested, with former 125cc Spanish Champion Olivé enjoying the switch to the 250 machine. `I am really happy with how we´re going here, and I feel very comfortable on the 250. It seems fairly close to the factory machines, which is very pleasing, and now I am just working to adapt my style to the more powerful bike. We have one more official Aprilia test in Mugello before the start of the season but I feel ready now.´

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250cc, 2003

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