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Pasini in high spirits and set for more tough races

Pasini in high spirits and set for more tough races

Pasini in high spirits and set for more tough races

Having won the Catalonian GP, Mattia Pasini currently leads the 125 Championship despite missing the race in le Mans and he's now the only rider in the minor class to have won two races since the start of the season.

After suffering a wrist injury in France no one had expected the Totti Top Sport – NGS rider to strike back so quickly and with such a dominant display – he won at Catalunya with a 9s lead over Marco Simoncelli.

"This Grand Prix in Catalunya may have seemed easy from the outside, but I can tell it wasn't!" sayd Pasini. "Obviously, I couldn't expect to beat the others with such an advantage. Neither I expected to be back in form so quickly after my crash in le Mans. Winning in Spain was great, it lifted my spirits and the team's as well."

Having gained confidence and experience with his new team since the start of the season, Pasini – last year's best rookie in the class – became a strong title contender.
"At the start of the season, at Jerez for example, I made mistakes, like wrong tyre choices, but since then, I gained experience with the team and feel more and more confident. In Montmeló, we found the right direction and everything worked fine."

The Aprilia rider doesn't want to talk about title prospects, as he's well aware about the strengths of his rivals.
"It's way too early to talk about the title, in the 125 class you always have to wait until the end. Personally, I just take one race after another, I'm not calculating. I have to think about the title chase, it will only be at the end of the season. If we look at the overall standings, we can see many riders very close from the top."

"I'm not afraid of the others but I can't underestimate anybody, for sure the KTM team is very strong, they are working hard and their riders are always here at every race. We will have to work hard to fight against them and it won't be easy."

Tags:
125cc, 2005, GRAN PREMI GAULOISES DE CATALUNYA, Mattia Pasini

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