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Faubel assesses season and looks to 2007

Faubel assesses season and looks to 2007

Faubel assesses season and looks to 2007

Victory at his home track at the final race of the 2006 season sealed third place in the 125cc championship for Hector Faubel, whose team-mate Alvaro Bautista was of course the runaway title winner. Faubel gave an interview to motogp.com this week to discuss his season and what lies ahead.

After the excitement of the season, and taking victory in the final Grand Prix, how do you adapt to the tranquility of the off-season?

I really needed to relax and disconnect for a while, because the races really take it out of you. However, after having a couple of weeks off, I am raring to return to action. I'm a bit bored at home, so I'm looking forward to testing at Jerez soon.

Are you happy with your results in 2006?

2005 was a good season, so we had high hopes for 2006. We got the new bike in time to fine tune it during the winter tests, which enabled us to start on the right track. During the season I had good and bad spells, and my worst case expectation was to be in the top five but off the podium. At the start of the year I made some mistakes in setting up the bike, and it took me a while to get back on the right lines, but I'm happy with two wins, two seconds and a third place.

What things have you learnt over the course of this season?

That you set your own limits. How to get more out of myself and the bike...all things that have helped myself and my team-mates ride faster.

What is your fondest memory of 2006?

It has to be the final race. Winning at home, in front of a packed crowd...it will stay with me forever and I hope to repeat the experience throughout my career.

And the worst moment?...

The race in Japan. I was sure that I could have won there, based on my podium in 2005. I finished sixth because of a tyre problem when I knew that I could have done better.

How are you going to prepare for 2007?

Right now I'm working with my personal trainer, and then I'll go to a specialist. I also have the team testing schedule, which says that we are heading to Jerez in November and then having another session in mid-January.

What would your wish be for next season?

To be crash and injury free. The schedule doesn't allow you to miss any race, so I ask for this and hopefully the results will come with it.

You are seen as a title favourite. What are your thoughts on these expectations?

Well, looking at last season's standings, the two riders who finished ahead of me won't be around next season, so I suppose that does make me the favourite. I wont start with extra points in 2007 for having finished third in 2006 though, every year is different.

How will you look back on 2006?

As a good year. We had some great results in a year where competition was at a high level. We had to work hard in every race, and when all was said and done we were on the podium a lot. We definitely could have had some better races, like at Motegi, but I can reflect positively on the year.

Who do you think will be your biggest rivals in 2007?

My team-mates Gadea and Talmacsi, but also Pasini, Pesek and Terol. The latter two have got points in various races, so we have to see them as rivals.

Tags:
125cc, 2006, Hector Faubel

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