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Simón makes KTM debut

Simón makes KTM debut

Simón makes KTM debut

Spanish youngster Julián Simón completed his first laps aboard the Red Bull KTM machine he will ride in this year's 125cc World Championship on the first of a two-day test at Catalunya on Monday.

Having missed earlier tests with a broken collarbone injury, sustained in January, Simón admitted he was relieved to finally get a taste for his new machine at the Barcelona track.

"I'm taking the challenge on in a very positive way and I'm excited to be back testing after the injury," commented Simón, who came through the Movistar Junior Cup with Dani Pedrosa before moving up to the World Championship with Malaguti and then switching to Angaia Racing.

This season he will get full support from the Austrian factory alongside Mika Kallio and Gabor Talmacsi and hopes it will be the year he finally consolidates a place amongst the frontrunners in the class.

"I'm happy to be working with people like Harald Bartol and Mario Galeotti and I'm very satisfied to have this opportunity," he continued. "After last season, which was positive for me even though the results didn't really show it, I'm happy to be here and I'm in the best possible place to continue my development.

"Knowing the potential of the bike, our goal is to go for the World Championship this season and finish as high as possible at every race. That is the objective of the whole team and it's something which gives you a lot of motivation as a rider."

Despite a technical problem which delayed Simón's debut on Monday morning, Harald Bartol was happy to finally see him on track: "It's only the first day of tests for Julián but his integration with the team is going well and he's set some good lap times, despite an engine problem which restricted his track time.

"It was a satisfactory debut but he is only taking his first steps with the team and we still have a lot of work to do to adapt the bike to his style."

125cc, 2005

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