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Alex de Angelis looking for first win before switching to 250 in 2004

Alex de Angelis looking for first win before switching to 250 in 2004

Alex de Angelis looking for first win before switching to 250 in 2004

Alex de Angelis has revealed exclusively to that he is looking to ride in the 250cc World Championship next season. De Angelis has seen how swiftly San Marino countryman Manuel Poggiali has made the transition to a quarter-litre machine and wants to try his luck, but added that for now he is focussed on taking a maiden career win in the 125cc class. The Racing rider is one of the form men in the minor category having taken podiums at the last two races, and he is confident of extending his run in Portugal this weekend.

"I like Estoril a lot," says the 19 year old. "I feel very strong in the late braking points and on overtaking so this circuit suits both my style and the strong points of the new chassis in my Aprilia. Last year things didn't work out well for me there – I didn't finish the race – but it was raining heavily and I don't like riding in the wet. If the weather stays fine this weekend I don't see why I can't take my first win.

De Angelis knows a victory is long overdue, but insists he will not be taking any unnecessary risks with vital championship positions still at stake. "I have finished in every position in the World Championship except first – I have taken second place, third place, fourth… but I have never won. I would like to do so before leaving the class. I had a good chance at Brno but I had a brief problem with the bike and it wasn't posible. There are still a few races left and I will take my chance if it presents itself, although I am keeping sight of my main objective which is to finish the championship in the top three. Mathematically anything is possible, but I think Pedrosa is too far ahead now and the places behind him are up for grabs.

Even if he doesn't win before the end of the season, De Angelis has decided he will be heading for the quarter-litre class in the winter – hopefully with a factory squad. "I think four years is long enough to be in this category and the time is right to move on. I have also grown a lot physically – I am 10 kilos too heavy and that is another important factor. I am looking for an official ride in 250 next year and I hope to sort something out quite soon."

125cc, 2003, Alex de Angelis

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