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Factory riders back on track

Factory riders back on track

Factory riders back on track

A host of factory 250cc riders were back on track less than 24 hours after the Gran Premi Gauloises de Catalunya at the Montmeló circuit near Barcelona on Monday. Race winner Randy De Puniet and the man who pushed him all the way to the line, Dani Pedrosa, clocked up the laps on their Aprilia and Honda machines, with De Puniet joined by factory colleagues Sebastian Porto and Manuel Poggiali and Pedrosa backed up by the full force of Honda's quarter-litre squad.

Toni Elias, Roby Rolfo and Hiroshi Aoyama all completed key development work for HRC alongside the young Spaniard, with Pedrosa trying out a new aerodynamic system on his RSW250.

De Puniet tested a series of chassis and suspension components designed at improving the handling of his Aprilia ahead of the sixth round of the season at the fast and technical Assen circuit in two weeks' time.

The Frenchman escaped unhurt from a minor crash in the afternoon when he also brought down Hiroshi Aoyama. De Puniet went down in turn four and Aoyama was unable to avoid his stricken machine, the watching Randy Mamola bringing both riders back to the paddock on a single scooter.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, GRAN PREMI GAULOISES DE CATALUNYA

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