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Images of De Angelis competing in the final Supermoto GP of the season
Alex De Angelis is certainly going places within the Aprilia firm. Only this week he was signed to ride a factory 250 for 2004 and just recently he tried out the firm's new Supermoto project that will compete in the World Championships next year. Several weeks ago the 19 year old competed in the last GP of the Supermoto calendar at a wet Wallonie. He placed 23rd overall in a field full of specialist riders but gave the spectators and paddock their first glimpse of the Aprilia project.Here is what the 2003 125cc vice champion had to say about the experience: "It was definitely something new for me! I approached Supermoto like someone who has everything to learn and who has to practice a lot and quickly: I could only practice for one day but it proved to be very useful. The race itself was really hard on a demanding track. Beside the difficulties of the debut the bad weather didn't help. On Saturday I tested the motorbike on a dry track and on Sunday I had to begin in the wet. During the race, under the rain, the off-road section became really hard and tiring even for experienced riders." "I had to change my riding technique radically. I had to forget the straight lines of the 125. Except through the off-road part the skidding style is the biggest difference from my normal style." "The bike was cool. It has nice aesthetics with a fluent design and striking colours. The engine was strong and performed well, even if I did ride with a 450 cc instead of the 600 used by my adversaries. "
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