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Lorenzo and Barberá conclude debut test

Lorenzo and Barberá conclude debut test

Lorenzo and Barberá conclude debut test

Héctor Barberá and Jorge Lorenzo concluded their first two days of work with the Fortuna Honda team at Valencia on Thursday in positive mood, having enjoyed their first contact with the Honda RSW 250 machines they will be riding in the 250cc World Championship 2005. The Spanish pair also got to know their new squad members and Team Manager Dani Amatriaín was suitably impressed with their performance and attitude.

"The arrival of Héctor and Jorge is like a breath of fresh air for our team," said former rider Amatriaín. "However I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Roberto Rolfo and Toni Elías for their dedication and professionalism during the first two years of the Fortuna Honda team's existence.

"The summary of these first days of testing couldn't be more satisfactory. Both Jorge and Héctor have showed they are surprisingly well capable of adapting quickly to the category and the bike the objective of this test was nothing more than picking up experience before the real test, the beginning of the 2005 season in Jerez next April.

"Now it's all about clocking up the miles and pushing ahead without any kind of pressure whatsoever. That's why I didn't even look at the times our riders were setting, because at this stage of preparations, they shouldn't even be thinking about the clock and making any kind of comparisons which don't matter yet."

Barberá, who used a set of leathers in the colours of the Seedorf Racing, was impressed by the bike's performance and the reception from the team: "First of all I have to say that I am delighted by the welcome the team have given me, and for the positive atmosphere given off," said the 18 year old, who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday.

"The sensation of speed is much more apparent with this bike than with the 125; it's a bit harder to move the bike to change direction with the 250 being quite a bit heavier, but once you are in the corner itself it holds itself well. The engine, with it being reed-valve, is more progressive than the ones we're used to which was a rotary valve."

Lorenzo, wearing red race leathers and with his famous "Chupa Chups" helmet, was also satisfied with his performance: "I was just as excited about this moment as the rest of the team, and I could see it in my manager, Dani Amatriaín.

"At first it was hard for me to keep the wheel on the ground on the straight, because the speed of the bike is much more than any 125, logically. At the beginning, maybe I was moving around a little bit too much on top of it, but then I began to get used to things and although I was very tired after the first day, it was because we did a whole load of laps to begin with.

"The most surprising thing is its acceleration and its power. At the end of the straight the chassis moves around a lot under braking, but then you get comfortable with it and it's not that difficult."

The Fortuna Honda team are back in action on the 24th and 25th of November at Jerez, and then return to Valencia circuit on the 29th and 30th.

250cc, 2004, Jorge Lorenzo

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