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Norick Abe preparing for MotoGP return

Norick Abe preparing for MotoGP return

Norick Abe preparing for MotoGP return

Norick Abe has announced that he is preparing for a comeback to the MotoGP World Championship as a full time rider in 2004. However, the experienced 28 year old said that he is not yet able to reveal details of the deal, amidst rumours that he could replace Alex Barros in the factory Yamaha squad should the Brazilian seal a supposed switch to Repsol Honda.

"I have reached an agreement to contest the MotoGP World Championship in 2004," said Abe on his personal website. "I will announce the details of the team on my website shortly and am due to begin testing at the end of January."

Abe spent last season as an official test rider for Yamaha and ended up making five MotoGP appearances as a wildcard and as a replacement for Marco Melandri in the Fortuna Yamaha team. Despite missing eleven races, he still managed to finish 16th overall in the championship, ahead of the likes of Kenny Roberts Jr and Garry McCoy, and just fourteen points behind Melandri, who could become his new team-mate in the next few days.

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MotoGP, 2003

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