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Emilio Alzamora rides Honda RC211V

Emilio Alzamora rides Honda RC211V

Emilio Alzamora rides Honda RC211V

Former 125cc World Champion Emilio Alzamora returned to track action on Monday as he tested the Honda RC211V which Alex Barros rode in the 2004 MotoGP World Championship.

Alzamora, who was taking part in a day of tests organised by Honda open to the media and lapped alongside the likes of television commentator and columnist Randy Mamola, admitted he was a bit rusty but said he enjoyed the experience of riding one of the world's fastest bikes.

"It has so much power that I struggled to keep the front wheel in touch with the ground on the straights!" said the Spaniard, who retired from racing at the end of the 2003 season. "To ride this bike on the limit would take an extraordinary amount of concentration and physical effort.

"To have the opportunity to ride it for five laps today was a fantastic experience and I would like to thank Honda for giving me the chance to ride a MotoGP bike. In terms of the riding position it is very similar to a 250 – it's a really compact bike."

Alzamora also got chance to test the 250cc and 125cc World Championship winning machines of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso and commented: "Pedrosa's bike was a little uncomfortable because it was too small and that was a problem I found when I rode in the 250cc class myself. As far as the 125 is concerned I have to say that it has improved a lot and I really enjoyed riding it."

The test capped off an excellent few days for Alzamora, who on Sunday enjoyed his first major success as a team manager, with his young protégé Aleix Espargaró winning the Spanish Championship, also at Jerez.

"It has been an exceptional year and we didn't expect this success so soon. We had a two year plan and the objective was to help these kids grow and develop, but the truth is that Aleix learned very quickly, and made the most of the means we put in front of him. He's done an incredible job.

"Personally, I am enjoying my new role and I like working with the kids. At the start I thought it would be more difficult to share my experience and knowledge as a rider with them but it was easy because Espargaró and Tutusaus (the second rider) helped me a lot. Next season I will continue to work on developing young riders."

MotoGP, 2004

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