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Debón continues privateer battle

Debón continues privateer battle

Debón continues privateer battle

Alex Debón is preparing for his home race at Valencia next weekend with his sights firmly set on the Michel Metraux Trophy for the best privateer rider in the 250cc class.

The Spaniard is currently tied on points with Franco Battaini and trails Anthony West by eight, but with the Australian out through injury for the final race of the season he has a golden opportunity to stake his claim for a factory ride in 2005.

"The overall summary is quite positive, we're having a good season with the material we have," says Debón, who needs his third top seven finish of the season, with Battaini behind him, to seal the trophy and snatch tenth in the championship from West next Sunday.

"At this stage of the championship we can still finish amongst the top ten in the category and that would be a positive result for me.

"This year there are a lot of factory riders on track and we are doing everything to do the ‘impossible' and get amongst the top ten every week. The team is working well and I think that our consistency is the fundamental factor that means we are amongst the best in the category."

Debón is no stranger to battling as a privateer and is yet to score a factory ride after four previous seasons in the championship. He added that this season had been particularly tough for his team with Honda struggling to get all of their factory riders up to race-winning pace.

"I hoped for a little bit more support from Honda, I think Honda have had a few problems this year when it came to getting their hands on new material for all the official riders. Then the private teams like mine with kit-bikes, it makes it a little bit more difficult for us."

However, at 28 years of age the Wurth Honda BQR rider has not given up hope of recognition from the major factories in the future.

"My manager Dani Amatriain is working flat out to try and get a top bike for next year," he says. "My own wish would be to finally get a chance on a works bike in 2005, and I hope that at the end of this year I can get those good results and see if I can at last get some good material."

To listen to this interview in its full and original version and see some of the best moments of Debón's season so far, click on the link at the top of the page.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, CINZANO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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