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Battaini targets MotoGP future

Battaini targets MotoGP future

Battaini targets MotoGP future

Franco Battaini has targeted a step up to the MotoGP class next season after preliminary talks with WCM Team Owner Peter Clifford about a potential ride aboard the Blata V6.

Rumours surfaced about a potential link between Battaini and WCM in Australia last weekend and the Italian today confirmed that he could test the team's current V4 prototype after the final round of the season at Valencia.

"It is true that I have spoken to Peter Clifford on several occasions about the possibility of testing the bike, although it is still not decided whether that will be at Valencia or not," said the 32 year old.

"Obviously it's an attractive option for me because every rider out there wants to get their foot in the door in MotoGP. The only thing I know is that it is a new project and there is an important job available for somebody to make a machine competitive.

"I'm heading to Valencia next week with a chance of finishing the season as the best privateer in the 250cc class for the fourth time in my career. That's great but I think that it's time for me to move on and step up to MotoGP. It could be now or never."

WCM already confirmed earlier this week that James Ellison will ride one of the Blata V6 prototypes in 2005.


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