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Talmacsi reflects on KTM break-up and Honda future

Talmacsi reflects on KTM break-up and Honda future

Talmacsi reflects on KTM break-up and Honda future

Gabor Talmacsi recently signed a two-year deal with Scot Honda and now looks forward to his first test session of the winter with the Italian team as he should make his first outing on his new factory Honda RSW125 in early December at Valencia. Before opening this new chapter of his career, the Hungarian commented his fallout with the Red Bull KTM after the infamous Qatari incident, which pushed him to look for another ride for 2006.

"At Motegi, during the Japanese GP, we reached an agreement with (team principal) Harald Bartol so I could move up to the 250cc class next year, but after my win in Qatar, my situation in the team changed," explains Talmacsi. "At the end of the season, I was told that the deal was no longer valid and they offered me something else, they didn't trust me. I was really keen to move up in 250cc, but all my plans changed."

"I felt lonely and misunderstood. In the last few races, there was quite a lot of pressure on me. All I did was fighting for the title as long as I had a mathematical chance, and after I did all I could to help Kallio to win the Championship," he reckons.

Having joined the team which helped Andrea Dovizioso to win the 125cc World Championship in 2004, Talmacsi has already set high aims for next season.

"My goal should be to fight for the title, but it won't be easy as the class will be very competitive again," he says. "I still have to ride the bike to get an idea of what my chances will be. But anyway, I always liked Honda and I think it's the bike with the best potential."

125cc, 2005, Gabor Talmacsi

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