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Poggiali ready for KTM challenge

Poggiali ready for KTM challenge

Poggiali ready for KTM challenge

Former 250 and 125 World Champion Manuel Poggiali will give an interesting twist to his Grand Prix career by joining KTM's 250cc effort, in a bid to bounce back after the two disappointing seasons which followed his title-winning campaign in 2003.

Poggiali should make his debut on orange machinery within a couple of weeks, as he'll team-up with Hiroshi Aoyama to develop the 250cc KTM under the guidance of Harald Bartol, which contributed to his first World title, in the 125cc class, under Gilera colours back in 2001.

"I haven't had the chance to ride the new bike yet, but I should test in Spain, at the Almeria circuit, in early December," said Poggiali. "Of course, it's still early to talk about this new project with KTM, but I already know most of the team as I previously worked with them, so I'm quite confident anyway."

"I never worked with Hiroshi Aoyama, but I hope we can do a great job working on the development of the bike. That will be the main thing, we'll have to focus on the development of the machine to make it competitive as soon as possible."

"Of course my previous experience in the 250cc will be some kind of reference point, but I don't think too much about that. Working on this new bike, it's like starting from a blank sheet."

"I feel pretty fit and the fact of moving back to the 250cc shouldn't be a problem in terms of fitness," he continued. "I enjoyed a brief holiday right after the last race in Valencia and after we do some testing in December, I'll stay at home to get ready for January. That's when the pre-season will begin to be serious for us - in fact, that's when the season starts for us: from then, there will be no or little break until November!"

250cc, 2005

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