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Norick Abe ready to make fourth appearance of the season

Norick Abe ready to make fourth appearance of the season

Norick Abe ready to make fourth appearance of the season

Norick Abe returns to action this weekend with his fourth Grand Prix appearance of the season. The Japanese star, who is spending this season working as a test rider with Yamaha, is set to ride as a wildcard at the Sachsenring, a circuit where he has a good record having twice taken podiums there, in 1996 and 1999. Last year he fought at the front of the pack on his two-stroke YZR500, before finally crossing the line in sixth. Having not raced the M1 since Le Mans, Abe made the most of two days of factory tests at Brno last week to get back into the swing of things.

`On the first day of the test I was worried about how I might ride after a month and a half away, but everything went well and I ended up as the second quickest Yamaha´, explained Abe. `On the second day I improved my times even further, so the reflection of the test has to be a positive one´.

This weekend the 27 year old will get another chance to demonstrate his talent. `I have raced three times this season but my results have not been great´, he reflects. `I am keen to do well this weekend, although Sachsenring is not one of my favourite circuits. The racing is usually very close there although I don´t know if that will be the case on Sunday because the top riders have been very consistent all season. In any case, I will be doing my best to challenge them and boost my own reputation´.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2003, Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

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