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Fortuna Honda make official presentation in Madrid

Fortuna Honda make official presentation in Madrid

Fortuna Honda make official presentation in Madrid

Fortuna Honda officially unveiled their line-up for the 2004 250cc World Championship at the home of their main sponsors, Altadis, in Madrid on Wednesday. Roberto Rolfo and Toni Elías, the second and third placed riders in the quarter-litre class last season, join forces aboard the new Honda RS250 RW machine under the guidance of the team's General Director and former rider Dani Amatriaín. Having competed with just Rolfo last season, Amatriaín commented: "To have these two riders is a real luxury. I am convinced that we have the two best riders in the category and that we can fight for the title together. That will be our objective and we have the full support of Honda as we look to achieve it."

Last year the team's main objective was to develop the new quarter-litre Honda, although an outstanding display of consistency from Rolfo saw him fighting for the title until the final race at Valencia. Today, the multilingual Italian revealed his enthusiasm ahead of the new season. "Most of my mechanics are Italian but the team is Spanish and I am delighted to be a part of it – I feel very comfortable here. I think that myself and Toni can make a good team – as far as I am concerned his arrival is a real plus."

Elias echoed his new partner's sentiments. "To be team-mates with the man who finished second in last year's championship is not a problem for me – if anything it is a stimulus. I finished third in 2003 and I think that gives us both motivation. I have raced for Honda in the past and to be back with them is a challenge for me. The bike has improved throughout the preseason and I am sure that the 2004 version which we will begin to test on Saturday at Valencia will be even better. We will have to see how things develop from here but obviously we are very ambitious in our objectives for the season."

Máximo Capanna, who worked with Rolfo last season and has been in the World Championship since 1984, will be Chief Mechanic to Elias whilst Rolfo will have Tomasso Raponi. The team are also planning on using former 125cc World Champion Emilio Alzamora, who retired at the end of last season, in an advisory role at several races.

250cc, 2003

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