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Tomoyoshi Koyama ready for Grand Prix

Tomoyoshi Koyama ready for Grand Prix

Tomoyoshi Koyama ready for Grand Prix

Japanese youngster Tomoyoshi Koyama believes that he will be part of the expected influx of new faces in the 125cc World Championship in 2005. The 21 year old revealed today that he is at an advanced stage of negotiations with an established team and expects a deal to be announced shortly.

"Last year I had an offer on the table but the circumstances were not favourable," revealed Koyama, who finished ninth as a wildcard at Motegi this season. "Shortly before the final Grand Prix of this season I was offered a new deal by the same team so I went to Valencia to speak with them. Negotiations are going well and I am very close to my dream of competing in the World Championship."

Koyama won the national 125cc series before stepping up to 250cc but returned to the minor class to improve his chances of making his name on the world stage. "This season I went back to 125cc because I knew that I would have a better chance of getting into the World Championship than in 250cc," he explained.

"I got the chance to contest two Grand Prix races as a wildcard this season and I was really impressed with the quality of the competition – the way they find their set-up so quickly and then give it everything from the start in the race.

"It was a good experience for me, which I could never have in the national series, and now I know what I need to compete with these guys. I'm ready to race right now. I'm doing physical training every day and riding motocross once a week. I'm ready to test as soon as I am told so hopefully something will be sorted out soon."

125cc, 2004, Tomoyoshi Koyama

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