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Sabbatani ready for the jump to 250s with Yamaha

Sabbatani ready for the jump to 250s with Yamaha

Sabbatani ready for the jump to 250s with Yamaha

Max Sabbatani has almost tied up a deal with Yamaha enabling him to compete in the 250cc World Championships. The rider from Forli has agreed terms with an Italian team headed by manager Loris Castelluci and includes resources from the factory to evolve the TZ 250 and retain the firm's presence in the category. The project can also count on the guidance of technician Franco Moro, who last year aided the rise of Alex De Angelis to the position of runner-up in the 125cc World Championship, and also the back-up of a second rider Taro Sekiguchi.

"I am really excited about the prospect of racing the 250," explained the diminutive racer to "In fact, this Monday I was able to try the Yamaha, even though it was only ten laps of the Magione circuit. However I could gather that the bike handled well, much more than the bike I had this year, and I felt comfortable with it. I also think this is one of the best and most ambitious projects of my career due to the people who are involved."

Sabbatani, renowned for his small and light frame, confesses a degree of weariness towards the constant battles in the 125cc class, where this year he finished in 30th place. "I am tired of always trying so hard in the 125s, ballasting the bike to compensate for my weight and getting very little in the way of results, …in the 250s my weight will be an advantage because I will be carrying up to 20 kilos less than other riders; this can compensate for a lot as, at the current moment in time, the bike does not have the performance of some others in the class. On the other hand don't forget that Matsudo was able to finish ninth on the Yamaha this year."

The 28 year old now has to wait on the last part of the process to fall into place, namely the registration and acceptance of the new team into the series. "The project is into its final stages, the team structure is in place, the budget, the sponsors, the riders and the bikes; we are just missing the final documents from IRTA that will permit us to exist as part of the Championship. It would be completely unfair if we cannot overcome this obstacle; there are many Aprilias, some Hondas and only two Yamahas in the series. I believe that our entry would enrich the class and we can fulfil an important role on the grid."

250cc, 2003

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