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Ratthapark Wilairot arrives in Spain

Ratthapark Wilairot arrives in Spain

Ratthapark Wilairot arrives in Spain

Thai Honda PTT SAG rider Ratthapark Wikairot arrived today in Barcelona for his relocation to Sant Fruitós de Bages for 2007 preseason training, getting ready for his first-full 250cc campaign riding a Honda. The first ever Thai rider to compete in the quarter litre category has been subject to much hype since the announcement of his entry in the World Championship, primarily because of his potential to bring the series into the public eye of a whole new audience.

Wilairot, who was welcomed by team manager Eduardo Perales at the Barcelona Airport, is looking forward to settling into his new surroundings and getting started with training: "I was really excited about getting here as I wanted to start working as soon as possible. During the first few days, I'll have to adjust to a new country, a new culture, but also start my preseason work. I'm not afraid of the workload and I'm keen to begin as soon as possible. I want to get used to the Spanish lifestyle so I can get along with all the team members and prepare for the 2007 season, which will be the most important of my career."

Wilarot will make his debut with the team on January 22 at the Jerez circuit, which will host a three-day test attended by various 250cc outfits. On the prospect of riding at Jerez, the Thai rider commented: "For this first test, my main goal will be to learn as quickly as possible as it will be a new track for me. I'll be working with my new crew, riding a slightly different bike to the one I rode last year in the Japanese Championship. I will also have to get used to the Dunlop tyres after riding on Bridgestone when I was in Japan. So there's a lot to do and I have to be focussed and relaxed. I don't have anything to prove in this test, I just need to get a feel for the direction we have to take in order to get ready for the upcoming Championship."

250cc, 2007, Ratthapark Wilairot

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