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Erwan Nigon hoping to continue his Grand Prix education

Erwan Nigon hoping to continue his Grand Prix education

Erwan Nigon hoping to continue his Grand Prix education

French youngster Erwan Nigon has revealed that he has yet to secure a ride for next year despite an impressive rookie season in 2003. The 20 year old established himself as one of his country's brightest hopes after finishing sixteenth with the Equipe de France - Scrab GP team but, on the day Olivier Jacque announced his plans to take a break from MotoGP due to a lack of support, he has yet to be rewarded with a new deal.

"The situation is critical," commented Nigon, who had best results of seventh at the two wet races in Holland and Australia. "I still don't know who I will be riding with next season. At the moment there is no agreement with the Equipe de France to continue with them in 2004 so I am going to have to make contact with other teams because my personal intention is to continue in the 250cc class next year."

Nigon, one of a string of riders to enter the World Championship with Equipe de France, including the likes of Randy De Puniet and Arnaud Vincent, expressed his satisfaction at his first season in the series and claimed that he can be a top ten runner next time around.

"It was my first full season and I finished 16th, but that could have easily been 14th if it wasn't for a clutch problem in the final race at Valencia when I was unable to finish the race. I think if I had a more competitive machine next season I could definitely break the top ten – that is my objective."

With former World Champions Jacque and Vincent both struggling to find satisfactory employment for the upcoming season, Nigon admitted he was facing an uphill battle to secure the necessary sponsorship and backing but remains hopeful something can be sorted out soon. "The situation is clearly difficult for French riders, but I think that within two weeks maximum I should be able to reveal my plans for the new season."

250cc, 2003

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