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Aprilia Aspar Team prepare to battle Pedrosa

Aprilia Aspar Team prepare to battle Pedrosa

Aprilia Aspar Team prepare to battle Pedrosa

As the most eagerly anticipated World Championship in recent years gets underway, Aprilia Aspar team-mates Sebastián Porto and Randy de Puniet are getting geared up for success in the 250cc category, both aiming to take the title from Telefonica Movistar Honda´s Daniel Pedrosa.

All three of the Repsol riders have been tipped as favourites for victory on Sunday at Jerez. Last season Argentinean Sebastián Porto managed to pull off a second place position and, along with Frenchman Randy de Puniet, will be fighting for the number one position this time.

All three riders excelled during the preseason testing, setting high expectations for this year's World Championship, a tough act for the other riders to follow.

After taking second place last season, Porto is hungry for victory this time, but knows he will be up against some stiff competition, especially from the Spanish riders at Jerez who will be fighting hard for a home victory.

"The moment is finally here! The truth is that I'm really impatient to start the season. The winter tests went quite good and I think that we're ready to make a great season, because I feel really comfortable working with my team and with the Aprilia.

"The World Championship starts in Jerez and we're going to start with a good base after the tests carried out here only a couple of days ago, where we were the fastest. I like the bike more than last year and the work we've done with it is really good, although we still have to fine-tune the engine.

" This is a track I like and I hope that everything works out as it's done so far. The Spanish riders will be very strong here because they have the extra incentive of racing at home, but this country is also like my second home country and we'll do everything we can to be in the front. We set the pole last year on this track, but unfortunately it was a wet race and I had to settle for seventh. Let's hope that things will be different this time."

Team-mate Randy de Puniet, who started last season from the forth row but finished in second place, said he is also geared up for success, despite having some technical difficulties during last week's test.

"The moment of truth has come after the winter break and the truth is that I am really looking forward to the start of the championship. Jerez is a track I'm quite good at, although things didn't work out as I would have liked during the tests carried out one week ago. We had some trouble with the settings on the first day, but we managed to solve them for the next day, where we clocked the third fastest time.

" My aim, now that the championship has started and while I'm adapting to my new team and finding a good set-up, is to be regularly on the podium. Last year I started from the fourth row here and managed to finish second, despite the hard weather conditions."

250cc, 2005, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE ESPAÑA, Dani Pedrosa

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