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Gadea happy with first top ten

Gadea happy with first top ten

Gadea happy with first top ten

Sergio Gadea finally showed signs of fulfilling the promise which convinced Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar' to give him his first full Grand Prix season in 2004 with an impressive performance and a first top ten finish at Phillip Island last Sunday.

Gadea followed in the footsteps of Hector Barberá when he was picked up by Martinez from the Valencia circuit youth academy and is hoping his recent progress can see him consolidate his place alongside his compatriot in the 125cc World Championship next season.

"Bit by bit I am making progress and I feel more comfortable on the bike, as my recent results have shown," said Gadea, who took twelfth at the previous round in Malaysia.

"I felt good at this track from the first session and set quick times relatively easy. I was a bit nervous at the start and lost a lot of positions but I controlled myself and made up positions as far as eighth.

"At the end I was unlucky because another rider got into my slipstream and stole ninth. I am happy but I think that if everything goes well at Valencia I can do even better.

"It is my home race so obviously there will be extra pressure but I'm hoping to use that in a positive way. I think I can do much better in the World Championship next season and a good result at my home race track would be the perfect way to end my rookie season."

125cc, 2004, CINZANO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Sergio Gadea

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