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Tamada weighs up his first season in MotoGP after final test in Valencia

Tamada weighs up his first season in MotoGP after final test in Valencia

Tamada weighs up his first season in MotoGP after final test in Valencia

Makoto Tamada completed his 2003 riding duties at the final test of the year in Valencia last week; the session also concluded his first term as a MotoGP regular. The rider from Japan is now set to enjoy a break before his duties commence once more in January. Before leaving he shared with his reflections on the work done in Valencia and commented on his first Grand Prix season.

`We worked with the engine that we used with the team throughout the season at this test," he explained. "I have tried various modifications to the settings and after some kilometres I could see an improvement. On the last day we set some good times right from the very first few circulations. I had a small crash due to some technical problems luckily without any major consequences, but overall I leave with some good feelings after these last couple of days."

The 27 year old, with a superbike background, has endured a tough first season in the premier class but demonstrated his swift adaptation to the series and the new machine with positive performances and results in races such as Mugello, Rio and Motegi. "From the first GP I wanted the races to happen exactly like those," he reflected. "I wanted to always be able to fight for the win. My first season was generally pretty good but there have also been some low points and because of these I cannot be completely satisfied," he confessed. "I don't want to rely on a host of excuses like a lack of circuit knowledge or using brand new tyres, but the public do not always know or see these things which forms an important part of the competition and it is a very hard Championship."

The rider of the Pramac Honda team quickly offered his recollections of the better races: "I had a lot of fun in Rio and the tyres worked really well, however the third position did not excite me too much. It was slightly different taking third position after fighting for the win. For this reason I remember Motegi fondly, apart from the disqualification I was happy with my race." (At this GP he crossed the line third but was disqualified by directors after performing a dangerous manoeuvre).

Tamada now has plans for a few more professional commitments before the end of the year: "Before coming to Valencia I was involved with a few presentations and appearances and now I have a few more still to do. I think I will take a few days holiday over the new year period. I have to try and find some time and space to relax because this has been a busy and hectic year. The next test will be at Sepang on January 20th, even though as yet we still have not confirmed the changes and details of the team."

MotoGP, 2003, Makoto Tamada

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