Fortuna Honda kicks off 2005 campaign in style
Jorge Lorenzo and Hector Barbera unveiled their new Honda RS 250 RW yesterday in Almeria, Spain. The Fortuna Honda team presentation was held at the Maestro Padilla Auditorium, before the riders put on a real display with their new quarter litre machines on the Avenida del Mediterráneo – around 10,000 people attended the show, followed by a pop concert.
During the press conference, Jorge Lorenzo declared, in his usual blunt manner, that he made the switch to the 250 class with the clear goal of winning races, but admitted his lack of experience with his new machinery.
"I think the 2005 season will be the most difficult, the most demanding we saw in this class for the past few years," commented the Spaniard. "The reason is not only the level of the riders who already have the experience of the class, but also the fact that new riders moved up to 250."
Teammate Héctor Barberá will also be aiming for success in the class. "I think the top 5 is a reasonable goal, from there, it will just be about enjoying the bike and see where it can lead us, but I know that winning won't be easy," said last year's 125cc runner-up.
For Dani Amatriain, team director, the target is a title within the next two years, but as the past two 250 titles were clinched by rookies (Poggiali in 2003 and Pedrosa last year), he knows that anything can happen.
Knowing that he recruited two riders who used to be direct rivals in the 125 class, Amatriain said: "For sure, the two riders have to help each other, it's all about team work, they will have to share information so they can progress both. We will talk about direct competition when they are both at the front, fighting for victories."