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Derbi to run three riders in 2005

Derbi to run three riders in 2005

Derbi to run three riders in 2005

Caja Madrid Derbi Racing are planning an ambitious assault on the 125cc World Championship in 2005 after confirming a three-rider line-up for the first time today.

After the departure of Jorge Lorenzo, who stepped up to the 250cc class at the end of last season, and Angel Rodríguez the Spanish factory have moved to make three new signings, including Pablo Nieto, who rode with the team in his debut season, and Nico Terol.

Whilst the two Spaniards will ride in Caja Madrid Derbi Racing colours, Lukas Pesek will ride a third machine as part of Team Metis, alongside former 125cc and 250cc World Champion Manuel Poggiali on a lone Gilera.

Technical Director Gigi Dall'Igna revealed that Lorenzo's departure had altered the factory's development plans but insisted they will be back in the fight for honours this season.

"Lorenzo leaving was a problem for us because it meant we wouldn't have the continuity which is so important for the development of a motorcycle," said the Italian engineer.

"I can't make any predictions because you never know what is going to happen over the course of a season, but I hope we can play a lead role in the World Championship."

Derbi continue their testing programme at Estoril this weekend from 13th-15th February, with two days of wind tunnel tests in Madrid planned for later in the month. The team will return to the track in Barcelona at the start of March, shortly before the official tests at the same circuit.

125cc, 2005

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