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Montiron keeps the faith after hard season

Montiron keeps the faith after hard season

Montiron keeps the faith after hard season

Luca Montiron started the 2005 season at the helm of a brand new outfit - JiR's Konica Minolta Honda team - which, having been built around Japanese ace Makoto Tamada, was hoping to play a leading role in the MotoGP Championship.

Tamada had been the revelation of the 2004 season taking two wins on a Bridgestone-shod Honda at Motegi and Rio, and was touted as a potential title challenger. However, an injury early on in the campaign hampered his adaptation to Michelin tyres and he struggled all year to get his usual pace back. Apart from a podium at home in Motegi, it was a lacklustre campaign for the Japanese rider who finished eleventh overall.

However, team-manager Luca Montiron is now looking ahead and is aiming to use the experience garnered this year to get closer to his targets next season.

"What can you say about this season…? Well, we aren't happy about the results because we were born to win, but we have to take this season for what we have learnt, on and off the track," said Montiron.

"We have gained a lot of experience and understand where and how to improve. I believe that it is when you find difficulties that you grow more. We believe this year will be useful for us to come back stronger in the 2006 season, and therefore be more competitive."

"JiR, thanks to the support of Honda and Konica Minolta, started this Japanese MotoGP project just a few months ago and we couldn't expect to win everything straight away. I believe that to get important results it is necessary to establish a medium to long-term project - we are building the future one brick at the time, like it's meant to be."

"For the upcoming season I hope to improve our results based on what we have learnt this year. Our project started with Makoto Tamada as a rider and will not end just because a year of difficulties. We believe in what he can do and he knows it, we want to bring success to our project. Hopefully, with a bit more luck, next year he will stay fit which will allow him to fight regularly with the fastest riders."


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