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Aoyama takes victory for KTM

Aoyama takes victory for KTM

Aoyama takes victory for KTM

Starting the race from sixth position, KTM 250cc highest ever qualifying in the 250cc class, Hiroshi Aoyama topped that with the first ever 250 KTM victory. During the dry 20 lap race at Istanbul Park, this normally quiet and friendly Japanese fought a tremendous race in the leading group of six, each with a chance of winning.

Second rider of the Red Bull KTM GP 250 team Manuel Poggiali started from 15th position, rode a very constant race and improved his qualification time by nearly one second. Finishing in the points with 15th.

Hiroshi Aoyama # 4 Red Bull KTM GP 250 — 1st Place

" Yes this was a fantastic race. Telling the truth I was not expecting this result today. All the guys in this leading group could have won. I was always pushing hard for first, but the others were very fast and could pass me. I thought if they pass me in the last lap I wait and try again in the last corner. So I was lucky to make it possible. My KTM bike was running really very well today, after we did work very hard in the past and also through the weekend. But I also need to thank Harald Bartol, KTM, my chief mechanic Alfred Willeke and of course my team for doing the best effort for that speedy development. I'm so happy today"

Manuel Poggiali # 54 Red Bull KTM GP 250 — 15th Place

"My race was not so bad, I did improve my lap times from qualifying and will try to do better next race. Congratulation to my team colleague Hiroshi."

Harald Bartol – Technical and Managing Director

"You know what makes it possible to win a race with a new developed bike is, to have the same team around at the race track like at home. A team that gives it the very best and doesn't mind working day and night. We can do this development from one race to the other as we have very direct contact to our CEO Stefan Pierer within KTM plus the full support of our partner Red Bull and many specialized supporters.

That the bike is strong enough to win a race Hiroshi Aoyama had told me before. But he made a very clever race today to make that result possible."

250cc, 2006, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Hiroshi Aoyama

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