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Simón out of Japan but boosted by KTM interest

Simón out of Japan but boosted by KTM interest

Simón out of Japan but boosted by KTM interest

Julián Simón has been ruled out of the Camel Grand Prix of Japan at Motegi next weekend after failing to sufficiently recover from a fracture to his left collarbone, sustained during practice at Estoril. Simón missed the race in Portugal and, despite strict medical supervision with a treatment of periodical injections to speed up his recovery, has run out of time to get fit again.

"What matters now is that I can recover for the last four rounds," explains Simón, who currently lies thirteenth in the championship. "My goal for the season's finale is to finish in the top ten.

"The 2004 season has been good so far. There have been two or three difficult races for us, we didn't score points in Italy and Holland, but apart from that I feel satisfied with the results."

A series of impressive performances on a privateer Honda have seen the youngster linked with a possible move to either Jorge Martínez's Aprilia outfit or a factory ride with KTM. The 17 admitted that talks are underway with the Austrian factory.

"I want to race with KTM, it would be a privilege for me," he said. "There is nothing confirmed yet, but that is my main goal. The contract should be confirmed sooner or later."

125cc, 2004

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