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Jorge Lorenzo starting to make the first steps for the Derbi team

Jorge Lorenzo starting to make the first steps for the Derbi team

Jorge Lorenzo starting to make the first steps for the Derbi team

The technical department of Derbi Racing are burning the midnight oil in an attempt to get their machine competitive in 2003. The World Championship so far has not produced many happy memories for the Spanish team and this can be easily seen by their low standing in the points table. Emilio Alzamora, who last weekend retired from the race after suffering an engine problem and had been slipping down the order in the race, has still to score a single point in his return to the class where he won the World Championship several years ago.

The first positive signs have arrived for the all-Spanish effort (riders, sponsor and manufacturer) thanks to the efforts of Jorge Lorenzo. The youngster from Majorca, who notched his first point with 15th place in Jerez, achieved his best ever 125cc World Championship result last Sunday in Catalunya, improving on the seventh position he gained last year in Brazil. The 16 year old started from the 11th spot on the starting grid and fought his way up from an early race position of 21st. Rapidly carving through the pack to head the second group of riders, Lorenzo gained a very commendable sixth. With this performance he also moved up four positions in the championship and now lies 18th with 11 points.

´This is quite hard to believe, because I had a disastrous warm-up, and qualifying on Saturday was also pretty bad,´ he explained. ´In the race everything went OK, except for the start, and I could make my way up to my best result in the Championship. I think if things had been better in practice I could have been on for a podium because I like this circuit and make a lot of speed out of the corners. This is a little first for me and the team; we have worked very hard and need to keep going like this.´

The team has decided that Lorenzo will now defend the colours of Derbi in the second round of the National CEV Championship, which takes place at the Jarama circuit near Madrid this weekend. Swiss teen sensation Thomas Luthi, the first leader of the series after clinching the first round at Catalunya several weeks previously, is not set to ride. Luthi demonstrated last weekend the advantage he gained in knowing the Catalan curves by seizing a surprising second position in the 125cc GP

125cc, 2003, Jorge Lorenzo

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