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Seedorf RC3 sign Espargaró to partner Bautista

Seedorf RC3 sign Espargaró to partner Bautista

Seedorf RC3 sign Espargaró to partner Bautista

Current 125cc Spanish Champion Aleix Espargaró will contest his first full season of Grand Prix in 2005 after being unveiled as team-mate to Álvaro Bautista at the newly-named Seedorf RC3 outfit.

The change of name is designed to reflect the involvement of Brazilian international footballer Roberto Carlos in the project, which was set up by his former Real Madrid team-mate Clarence Seedorf and entered the 125cc World Championship two years ago.

As well as the new additions to the riding and administrative staff, there have also been changes from a technical point of view, with the team switching from Aprilia to HRC and being directed by experienced Chief Engineer Tommaso Raponi.

Whilst Espargaró is preparing for his rookie season in the class, Bautista is now in his third year and is the second-highest ranked rider behind Pablo Nieto, a factor which Seedorf clearly hopes can help him challenge for the title the team missed out on with Hector Barberá last year.

"I am very proud of the way we have grown and very excited with what we can achieve this year," commented Seedorf. "I think that every time we are more prepared, and that every year we are going to grow more. We aspire to the maximum and we have worked to obtain this year what we let go in 2004."

Roberto Carlos, who helped out with the team last season without official being involved, added: "Clarence and I are people with a winning philosophy, with ambition, and that also want to help our riders to grow from both a sporting and personal perspective. We are working hard and I think that this is going to be our great year."

Bautista will be riding a factory Honda for the first time after two seasons with Aprilia and is ready for the challenge. "I am going to do the only thing I know: work very hard and do my best," he said.

"My objective is to have a good preseason with my team to be 100% in Jerez to be able to fight for the victory. I don't have long-term aims. All I can say is that I am very excited with the way things have changed for this year."

"This is what I have been fighting for since I first got on a bike: to arrive to the World Championship," added Espargaró. "On top of that, I'm doing it in the best team and with a lot of support. This is dream, and I am looking forward to begin working to return all the confidence that Clarence Seedorf and Roberto Carlos have showed in me."

125cc, 2005, Alvaro Bautista

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