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Malaguti give MotoGP Academy starlet his chance

Malaguti give MotoGP Academy starlet his chance

Malaguti give MotoGP Academy starlet his chance

Jules Cluzel will make his Malaguti debut this weekend at Istanbul and and has also been handed the chance to ride at Valencia for the Italian outfit. Runner-up in the 125cc French Championship, Cluzel demonstrated his talent in the European Championship, but also on the Spanish scene as a member of the MotoGP Academy.

Eric Mahé, advisor to the 17 year-old, explained to motogp.com that those two races with Malaguti will allow Cluzel to gain some crucial experience before a possible full World Championship campaign in 2006.

"We are looking for a GP ride for Jules for next season and several teams were interested in testing him before the end of the year," explains Mahé, who is also manager of another French talent, Randy de Puniet. "Last weekend, Jules went to Carthagena, in Spain, with Malaguti's technical director Olivier Liégeois, just for a first contact. As Jules' profile interested Olivier, he offered him the chance to ride in Turkey and Valencia to get a taste of Grand Prix racing."

"Jules has had a good season – his best race was Mugello, in the European Championship, when he took second. He also got good results in Spain with the MotoGP Academy: in Barcelona he was looking good for third when he had a problem, and last time out in Albacete, he was fifth. So overall it has been a pretty good season – but the interesting thing is that Jules only has been riding bikes for a year and a half, and with so little experience he already shows potential."

"For these two races with Malaguti, it's not about getting top results: he's only here to learn how a GP team works and to understand that being a rider is a proper job. He won't have the best bike and lacks experience, but he's here to make the most of this opportunity of gaining experience, and it should be very interesting for the future."

Tags:
125cc, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY

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