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Repsol Honda present their 2003 line-up to the press

Repsol Honda present their 2003 line-up to the press

Repsol Honda present their 2003 line-up to the press

The official presentation of the Repsol Honda team took place last night in the paddock of the Circuit de Catalunya. The factory effort for the 2003 MotoGP World Championships lined up for show with representatives from Repsol and Honda. Naturally most of the attention was focussed on the two riders, double World Champion Valentino Rossi and AMA Superbike number one and MotoGP rookie Nicky Hayden.
The squad was introduced as being a combination between the finesse and delicate touch of the Japanese combined with the flamboyance of the Mediterranean (Rossi) and the spicy ´sauce´ of Kentucky (Hayden).
When asked for his views on the upcoming season Rossi remarked. ´It is difficult to win a world championship but harder to defend it. Last year was strange because of the rule change and there being only 7 four strokes on the grid. This time every machine is a factory bike and the battle will be harder but I will try to have fun.´$$$ When probed about the recent on-track skirmish with arch-rival Max Biaggi in Malaysia during pre-season tests, the 24 year old smiled and diplomatically retorted. ´Biaggi is one of the best and, with Barros, will be fighting for the Championship if the times and activity in Malaysia was anything to go by.´ Nicky Hayden was not over-awed by the occasion and his formal introduction to the MotoGP paddock.

´I am super excited to be here. It has been my dream since a little kid when we all watched the GPs on the TV to be up in the World Championships; it is the ultimate level of our sport. Everything is very new for me at the moment, the bike, the tracks, the different people in the team and the way of working but all is becoming easier and I just hope to improve with every lap. This is a great opportunity, I love riding the bike and have a lot of fun whenever I am out on the track.´

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MotoGP, 2003

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