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Fortuna Aprilia Team present their plans for 2006

Fortuna Aprilia Team present their plans for 2006

Fortuna Aprilia Team present their plans for 2006

The Fortuna Aprilia team today made an official presentation of their plans for the upcoming 250cc World Championship, which begins with the Spanish Grand Prix on the 26th March at Jerez de la Frontera. The event was attended by Samuel Eto'o, just hours after taking victory with FC Barcelona in their Champions League match against Chelsea in London. "My favourite rider for the title? These two", commented the Cameroon forward.

The presentation took place this lunchtime at the Hotel Gran Meliá Palace in Palma de Mallorca. In front of the expectant press corps, Héctor Barberá and Jorge Lorenzo unveiled the new Aprilia RSW250 machine that they will ride in each of the sixteen rounds of the 250cc series in 2006.

Following the preseason tests carried out by the squad, Team Fortuna Aprilia will be back on track next Wednesday and Thursday at the Circuit de Catalunya for the first official IRTA Test of 2006.

Jorge Lorenzo, Fortuna Aprilia Team rider

"I think I'm amongst the favourites this year but predictions and favourable odds count for nothing if you don't go out there and prove them right every day. I'm just preparing to be the best and from there we will see who our rivals are and which riders can make things difficult for us in the races"

"For now I prefer to concentrate on myself and just try to go as fast as possible. I'm in a team with aspirations of winning the world title. We are one of the most professional outfits in the World Championship paddock and we will be expected to give our best in every race"

Héctor Barberá, Fortuna Aprilia Team rider

"My goal is to become World Champion. The way to achieve that is to improve every day and enjoy myself on the bike. If the good results arrive then we can start to look at my rivals and come up with the best strategy to achieve the dream of every rider. I'm really excited about this year and I can't wait to work and to make progress. When you are running up at the front everybody wants to help out so I aim to be competitive from the first session at Jerez."

Dani Amatriaín, Fortuna Aprilia Team Director

"I want to thank the Balearic Government for the facilities they have put on for us to host this event in Palma de Mallorca. It is an important day because we are starting a new project, this time as the official factory Aprilia team, which will allow us to be competitive and fight for the World Championship title. Thanks to the support of Fortuna and Lotus this entire project has taken on a dimension which makes it one of the most competitive in the world"

Fortuna Aprilia will be present at the Montmeló circuit for the Official Catalunya Test next week.

250cc, 2006

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