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Sekiguchi making final preparations for a comeback to 250cc GPs

Sekiguchi making final preparations for a comeback to 250cc GPs

Sekiguchi making final preparations for a comeback to 250cc GPs

Taro Sekiguchi travels to Italy in the next few days as part of his last step in making a return to 250cc Grand Prix competition. The Japanese rider has signed a letter of intent to ride with an Italian team directed by Loris Castelluci with Yamaha support to continue the evolution of the new TZ250. The project also involves former 125cc GP rider Max Sabbatani.

While the team wait for their confirmation of participation from IRTA, Sekiguchi has already taken delivery of his two bikes and has shipped them to Italy in time for next week. The rider himself will fly to Southern Europe on the 26th of this month to meet with his new team, some of whom spent last year helping Alex De Angelis to second place in the 125cc series. "I signed a pre-contract and now we are working towards the start of the Championships," he explained. "Yamaha have given me two new TZ250 and next week I travel to Italy to meet with the team. We are waiting for the IRTA confirmation, and the team has yet to be accepted, but we are beginning to get ready in anticipation of being on the start list."

Sekiguchi made his World Championship debut at the 2000 GP of Japan, as a substitute for Spaniard Lucas Oliver, and the following year he completed six races as part of the Edo Racing set-up while also contesting the Japanese national series. In 2002 he was part of the Yamaha Kurz GP team, even though he was dismissed after the race at Sachsenring (Germany). During 2003 he was a regular fixture in the European Championship and won the title after a spectacular string of victories.

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250cc, 2003, Taro Sekiguchi

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