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De Angelis keeping options open

De Angelis keeping options open

De Angelis keeping options open

Alex de Angelis is on course to take third place in the 250cc category this weekend, but he will have tough competition from the in-form Hiroshi Aoyama in Valencia. The Master MVA Aspar team rider spoke to ahead of the race to give his thoughts, and also to reveal that he has received an offer from a premier class team for 2007.

You have the advantage in the race for third place. Would that round off what has been a great season for you, ad are you confident heading to Valencia?

I have the advantage in the standings, but I haven't sealed third place mathematically. Hiroshi Aoyama is having a very good end to the season. It will all be decided in Valencia. It's definitely a good result, but I really had the hope of doing better this season and circumstances haven't lead to that happening. An example is Portugal, where I had a good race but was just missing something on the last lap. Valencia is the team's base, so it's where I want to have my best result: victory.

Is the fact that you haven't won a race in the 250cc category something that bothers you, or is consistency and seven second places something that you can be satisfied with?

Winning always has that prestige, but I don't want to get too obsessed with getting that victory at the expense of consistency. I believe that the season is more important than winning a race and then finishing lower in the classification. I'm happy with this season's results: seven second places and three thirds. If I hadn't had so many "zeroes" by my name then I would be fighting for the title.

The Master MVA Aspar team has been dominant in the 125cc category. Is the winning mentality the same for the 250cc team, and is there more pressure on you being their only rider this season?

The winning mentality is the same in both teams. The kids in 125cc have had a great season and Alvaro took the title. The rest, myself included, have had superb results and made it a good year for the team. I haven't felt much pressure being the only 250cc rider, because everyone knows that this is an individual sport at the end of the day.

Where do your objectives lie for next season? Have you been contacted by any MotoGP teams, and would it perhaps be a regret not to have one last attempt at the 250cc title?

It's true that a MotoGP team got in contact with me to ride their bike next season. It is something that makes me very proud. I am still having a look at the different options available to me and we will decide upon my future soon. I'd definitely like to change category having won the title.


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