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Webb ready for 125cc debut

Webb ready for 125cc debut

English rider Danny Webb makes his long-awaited debut appearance in the World Championship this season, riding for the Arie Molenaar Racing team in 125cc. 15 year old Webb was scheduled to ride at last season's Catalunya Grand Prix, but after a crash in the final practice he was forced out of the race with a fractured wrist.

English rider Danny Webb makes his long-awaited debut appearance in the World Championship this season, riding for the Arie Molenaar Racing team in 125cc. 15 year old Webb was scheduled to ride at last season's Catalunya Grand Prix, but after a crash in the final practice he was forced out of the race with a fractured wrist. In 2007 he returns for what will hopefully be a full season, joining last season's Rookie Of The Year Bradley Smith as the British representation in 125cc.

Ahead of his first test with Arie Molenaar's team, scheduled for the 12th of February at Valencia, Webb chatted to motogp.com about his plans for the biggest season of his career so far.

Danny, finally you get the opportunity to race in the World Championship, how did Arie Molenaar Racing approach you with the offer?

We had a phone call from a friend to say that they were interested in me, so we got in contact with them. They went to the last two races of the Spanish Championship and I rode my hardest and my best. At the end of all that we arrived where we are today. It was fantastic and I wasn't going to turn down the offer to race in the World Championship!

Your first ride in 125cc was going to be in Catalunya last season. How frustrating was it to be injured in practice? And did you get any other wild card offers in 2006?

It was really frustrating, because when I was watching the race all I wanted to do was ride. My name was down for the last round at Valencia but Alberto Puig said that it would be better not to do it because my confidence was down and it was better to sit it out.

Is your goal for this season simply to build up experience in the category?

Yes it will be, but I know that it is going to be very hard work. I'm not only talking about the riding, but also the travelling. I have only been to Spain and Holland before, so all the new tracks and countries will be a good experience.

How will you balance riding in the World Championship with things like schoolwork?

Well the school have been very good with it all and said "when you are here you are here, and when you're not then it doesn't matter", but I am trying my hardest at school, because I have got my GCSE exams this year. It's an important year in more ways than one!

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125cc, 2007

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