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Sito Pons reflects on a pleasing 2003 MotoGP campaign

Sito Pons reflects on a pleasing 2003 MotoGP campaign

Sito Pons reflects on a pleasing 2003 MotoGP campaign

It is just over seven months ago at a harbour-side launch in Barcelona that Sito Pons proudly announced his new look team and without a doubt the highlight of the year so far for the Catalunya-based squad was Max Biaggi's victory at the Pacific Grand Prix at Motegi in Japan. Significantly it was the team's second successive win at Motegi, the home of Honda. Coupled with the 25 points ‘awarded' at Donington, the 2003 campaign has been a fairly decent one and the former 250cc World Champion can be reasonably satisfied with the labours of his team as the MotoGP circus moves onto Valencia this weekend.

"It was our first season with a completely new project with both new sponsors and riders. Overall it has been quite a good start. It of course could have been better but it also could have been a lot worse," explained Pons. "The results have been pretty satisfactory. With one race to go we've won two grand prix, finished on the podium nine times and we are second in the Team Championship."

"It's always a great feeling to win a grand prix but to win at the home of Honda for the second year in succession was very special," admitted Pons.

Biaggi's return to Honda with Camel Pramac Pons was always going to take time to gel. The four-times 250cc World Champion is desperate to win the MotoGP crown and left Yamaha to join Honda to fulfil that dream.

"We've been working with Max for almost one year and we are getting to know each other much better," continued Pons. "It's taken time to optimise our personalities but we are both pushing in the same direction. We both want to win and the results are getting better all the time."

It been a tough year for Biaggi's teamate Tohru Ukawa but his battling fifth place at Phillip Island in Australia a couple of weeks ago when he was fighting for a podium finish, shows he intends to complete the season on a positive note. "I feel very sorry for Tohru because he's had no luck and we need more time with him," said Pons." I know we can improve his results but for one reason or another it has just not happened."

While World Champion Valentino Rossi keeps the pack waiting about his whereabouts next season, planning for next year is a nightmare for the teams, Camel Pramac Pons are no exception.

"I'm sure Max will be with us next year and we are discussing with everybody concerned what are plans are going to be for the 04 season," revealed Pons, "We are doing everything we can to ensure we have a team capable of bringing Max that World title."

Pons has absolutely no doubts that MotoGP is providing the perfect stage for his team and riders to perform. The switch to four-strokes two years ago has proved a masterstroke.

"I think it's been a perfect MotoGP season with a super show for the whole world to enjoy," he enthused. "I think the Championship has taken a massive step forward compared to previous years. The four-strokes are amazing with their speed and noise and the Championship has been much more equal. There have been new riders such as Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss and new manufacturers such as Ducati. The world-wide interest is phenomenal and the future looks very good indeed."

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