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Malaguti get to work early at Almería

Malaguti get to work early at Almería

Malaguti get to work early at Almería

125cc World Championship contenders Malaguti stole a march on many of their rivals last weekend as they returned to work after the holidays with two days of tests at the Almería circuit in Spain.

The Italian factory, who will this season run a two-man team with Michele Pirro and Sascha Hommel, took the opportunity to find a base set-up for their new riders and establish initial suspension and chassis settings before moving on to engine testing.

"I am really happy with the test," said Pirro, who won the 125cc European Championship in 2004. "The feeling with the bike improved constantly and that is really important in terms of carrying forward development at this early stage of the preseason.

"I spent a lot of time concentrating on the set-up of all the elements we tested and I am convinced that the bike has a lot of potential. The understanding with the team was fantastic from the start and I think that we will work well together."

Hommel was testing the Malaguti for the first time and was impressed with its performance. "It was the first time I had ridden the Malaguti and my first impression was very positive," commented the 14-year-old, who will make the minimum Grand Prix age of 15 in February. "

"This year is a big opportunity for me to gather experience and learn. I know that I can't rush things but I want to repay the faith the factory have shown in me right from the start. This was an important test to rack up a few kilometres and begin to build a relationship with the other members of the team."

125cc, 2005

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