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The wheels finally turn on the KTM 125 project

The wheels finally turn on the KTM 125 project

The wheels finally turn on the KTM 125 project

KTM wheels have finally come into contact with tarmac, with the Austrian manufacturer this week completing two tests with their 125 Grand Prix machine. World Champion Arnaud Vincent and former Champ Roberto Locatelli rode their brand new machines for the first time earlier this week at Almería and today continued set-up work at Valencia.

Arnaud Vincent, who has only just recovered from a broken ankle he sustained riding supermotard in December commented: `I am not 100% yet, so I didn´t ride to my maximum in Almeria. I was looking forward to getting back on a bike and finally we have been able to do so, which is really important. Also, returning to Valencia brought back memories of the race here when I won the title. Starting this project here is another positive´.

Meanwhile, team-mate Locatelli was already optimistic about his chances despite the embryonic stage of bike development. `it has been a `different´ winter. I have concentrated on physical preparation because I needed to lose a couple of kilos to rider a 125 again. I was anxious to get on the bike and to work with my new team. We are just beginning but I have seen how KTM work and I am very confident that we can do great things together. I need time to get used to being back in this class but only two or three races and I am very excited by the whole project´.

Crew chief Harald Bartol added: `We have been working against the clock all winter and we are continuing to do so. We are waiting to find out if we can complete another test before Japan. It has been hard work because we have built the bike from scratch but I have been happy because behind our work there is the support of a factory. We have also brought together an extraordinary team of technicians and mechanics from seven different countries and that says something´.

125cc, 2003

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