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Jordi Carchano ready for his debut World Championship season

Jordi Carchano ready for his debut World Championship season

Jordi Carchano ready for his debut World Championship season

Jordi Carchano is the latest Spanish teenager to arrive on the 125cc World Championship scene. The 19 year old Catalan rider is a regular in the highly-regarded CEV Spanish Championship but says that the switch top Grand Prix will be a major step up as he contests his rookie season under the guidance of team boss Massimo Matteoni, linking up with experienced Italian rider Mirko Giansanti.

"I know very well that I am new to the Grand Prix scene and that there is a long road ahead of me, but I am very excited about this new stage in my career and determined to learn as much as possible and progress quickly," said the youngster. "Everything is new and highly professional but I accept the challenge. I only began competing three years ago and didn't come through any promotional series'. I think my progression during this time has been good taking into account the fact that I started later than other riders because I have made up for it with hard work and enthusiasm."

"Obviously everybody knows what Matteoni is about," continues Carchano, who rode for the Italian in the final two rounds of the CEV series last season. "He is a great technician who has won titles and developed a lot of riders. There are no doubts for me about his past or his person – he is demanding in the workplace but he also works hard himself. I feel very comfortable to be working with him and all his team. Also, I have struck up a good friendship with Mirko Giansanti and I think I can learn a lot from him."

Looking back on his final season in the CEV, which has brought several riders through into Grand Prix, Carchano comments: "I took fifth place overall and I could have done better than that if it wasn't for some mechanical problems in the first race and crashes at Jarama, when I was fighting for the podium, and Albacete when I was knocked out of third place by a backmarker. I have no complaints though because I gathered a lot of experience and the opportunity to contest the last two rounds on the Matteoni Aprilia with a view to 2004 took precedence over the results. Even though I switched from Honda to Aprilia and raced in a new team I finished fourth in the last round in Jerez so I think I can be pleased with the way things have gone so far."

125cc, 2003

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