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Alex de Angelis happy with rookie season

Alex de Angelis happy with rookie season

Alex de Angelis happy with rookie season

After taking tentative but consistent first strides in the 250cc World Championship this season, San Marino youngster Alex de Angelis exploded with two stellar performances at Sachsenring and Donington Park just before the summer break.

The 20 year old took top six finishes in five of his first seven starts in the quarter-litre class, but stepped up a level with his first podium in Germany, followed by his first pole position and fourth place in the British race just a week later.

"In my opinion, the bike we had at the beginning of the season I couldn't ride well because you needed to be sharp with it and we had to work hard on getting the bike to turn because it moved a lot and I couldn't ride it properly," explains De Angelis.

"At Assen we got things working better and I could be up with the top guys, and that's the important thing."

De Angelis' efforts this season have been eclipsed somewhat by fellow rookie Daniel Pedrosa, who has won four races and leads the championship by 34 points. However, the youngster says he is satisfied with his own progress – particularly in comparison to his compatriot Manuel Poggiali, the current World Champion.

"I honestly expected a lot from myself this year, that's the truth," he says. "I have to say that after the first one or two races I realised that the pace was really strong, I think all the circuit records have been broken this year.

"So I realised it was going to be hard to get into the top three, and so now I'm much happier to have done it, because it means that we are going really well.

"Being ahead of Poggiali is important, because whatever happens he is still the World Champion. I think that finishing ahead of the World Champion is an achievement in itself, and not just because he's from San Marino!"

To listen to this interview in its full and original version, including footage from De Angelis' season so far, click the link at the top of the page.

250cc, 2004, Alex de Angelis

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