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Pasini: ‘Motegi isn't a track which favours the Aprilia'

Pasini: ‘Motegi isn't a track which favours the Aprilia'

Pasini: ‘Motegi isn't a track which favours the Aprilia'

After yet another disappointment in Brno, where for the third consecutive race he failed to score, Mattia Pasini is looking to get back on track at Motegi. The Italian is hoping to get back on the podium with regularity in the final rounds of the season, but accepts his chances of the 125 title are now slim.

The Totti Top Sport NGS rider, who was leading the championship before his unfortunate recent run, admits his main ambition now is to ride well in what remains of the season and try and secure a ride in the 250 class next year.

‘I don't really have a strategy for the rest of the season. It's true that the Championship is still quite open, but the two guys out in front are getting a bigger and bigger advantage. However, there are quite a few races left and there are some chances to get some results. Obviously it will be tough and we will be battling each other hard. Kallio and Lüthi are the guys to beat right now, Simoncelli is doing pretty well also,' he stated.

Pasini is still annoyed by his last failure in Brno. With rain beginning to fall he expected the race to be halted, when it wasn't he fell from his bike and ended up pointless once again.

‘As I have already said, I think I did what I was supposed to do. I thought the track was dangerous, I slowed down and signalled this to the race officials. I was waiting for their decision, but they chose not to take any decision. I think you shouldn't give the Race Director the power to decide on this topic, after all the guy is under a roof while we, the riders, are on the track.'

On the forthcoming rounds of the championship, he added: ‘I don't really have any preferences in terms of tracks. There's not really any track I don't like. It's true it's more about the bike, there are tracks which favour the Aprilia and others which don't. Motegi is one of those tracks where the Aprilia is not at its best.'

Pasini concluded by spelling out his desire to move up a category next season. ‘My goal is the 250cc class, that's what I'm looking for. But to get there you have to give yourself the chance. If I'm to have a chance I'll have to end the season in a really positive way. But, without doubt, my goal is to ride in the 250 class next season. What's more, I'm finding it more and more difficult to fit on a 125cc bike.'

125cc, 2005, Mattia Pasini

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