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Debon hopeful of factory ride

Debon hopeful of factory ride

Debon hopeful of factory ride

Alex Debon is hoping to end the 2005 season with a good result at next week's Grand Prix of Valencia at what is always a special occasion for him. However, he goes into this year's event with even more to look forward to than usual, because not only will it be a home race for him, but all the signs also suggest that he has the prospect of a factory ride with Aprilia to look forward to next year.

. Debon's contract with the Wurth Honda BQR team, for whom he has ridden for the past two years, comes to an end at the end of the season and his manager is known to be in advanced negotiations to secure him the official machine he has craved for the past few seasons.

`I hope that an agreement can be reached quite quickly and that I will be on an official machine in 2006 with all the components – tyres, team structure, etc – that will allow me to be competitive. Things are going well although an agreement has not been finalised yet," Debon stated.

The Spaniard admits he is excited by the prospect of racing on official machinery, an opportunity he has been chasing for a number of seasons. "It would be really important for me," he continued. "I have spent five seasons fighting as a privateer, using ‘kit' bikes, and I believe I have always demonstrated I can be right up there despite the lack of means which forces you to always ride on the edge. The inferior equipment means you have more falls and more injuries, and I've had some bad ones. However, I've always overcome adversity and the key to it has been my consistency."

However, as his future has yet to be officially confirmed, Debon is focusing all his energies on finishing the season well in Valencia. "I'm not going to finish the season as the best privateer because Guintoli's advantage in the standings is too big, but I want to finish the season with a good result," he added. "The best I can do is to finish 11th overall as I can still get past Takahashi who is just six points ahead of me at the moment. However, whatever happens I always look forward to racing in Valencia and it's important for me to get the best result possible."

250cc, 2005

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