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Vincent reflects on Fantic's decision to pull out

Vincent reflects on Fantic's decision to pull out

Vincent reflects on Fantic's decision to pull out

Fantic Motor have decided to pull out of the 250cc World Championship after a tough debut season which saw the R250 prototype hampered by countless mechanical problems.

Former 125cc World Champion Arnaud Vincent has reflected on his time with the Italian outfit wherehe worked on the development of the 250cc machine alongside Gabriele Ferro.

"Fantic have decided to put an end to their GP effort - even though it's disappointing, I can understand their decision," said Vincent. "They invested a lot of money and put in a tremendous amount of effort which didn't bear the fruits we all expected. Looking back on the championship, the best result was an 18th place and I only managed to complete two races. However, if we had continued and put in more work on the engine I believe that our work would have been rewarded."

"I think we had all the resources we needed for this kind of project. The cycle part of the bike was really good, the only shortcoming was the engine, which was way too fragile - we had something like fifty engine failures over the year!"

"Even if it was a disappointing season, there were some positive things. On my side, I always did my best and never gave up, unlike what happened when I had problems when I was younger, the motivation was really there!"

"This experience also allowed me to meet Roberto Cevolini, a great technician who I'll continue to work with. For next season we are working on a new project with a privateer 250cc Honda, I think Roberto will also continue to work on his prototype and I'll be there to give him a hand."

250cc, 2005

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