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Julián Simon reflects on his first preseason test with Angaia Racing Service

Julián Simon reflects on his first preseason test with Angaia Racing Service

Julián Simon reflects on his first preseason test with Angaia Racing Service

Spanish youngster Julián Simón and new Italian team-mate Mattia Angeloni completed their first preseason tests of 2004 with the Angaia Racing Service team last week. The team, which will use Honda machines, is a new venture between what was the Angaia Racing Team run by Paolo Tajana and the Racing Service outfit headed by Gabriele Debbia, and was officially launched with the two day session at Catalunya last week.

Adverse weather conditions, particularly on the first day, prevented the two youngsters from pushing for quick lap times, with Simon setting 1'53.0 and Angeloni stopping the clock at 1'56.6 before crashing, but the test served as an ideal opportunity for the two riders to get an initial feeling for their new machines.

Simon, who rode the Malaguti for Angaia last year but has previously ridden a Honda as part of the Telefonica Movistar Junior team, commented: "The test went really well - I really didn't expect things to go so smoothly after such a long time without riding a bike. The mechanics are new but Roberto Bava, the Technical Director, worked with me last year. It was a good shakedown and it has raised my hopes for this season.

"The bike will have an official Honda kit, with the same base that Dani Pedrosa had last year. The only difference is that it has a standard chassis and White Power suspension. I think this season will be a lot different to 2003. I am riding a bike which already has a good pedigree, I would say it is well set-up from the start and I am already looking forward to seeing what we can do with it in a race."

Angaia Racing Service will be back on track at Misano on the 3rd and 4th March, when they plan to focus on the settings of the new White Power suspension.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Julian Simon

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