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Wilairot relaxes in Doha

Wilairot relaxes in Doha

Ratthapark Wilairot has been enjoying a short rest period in the Qatari capital Doha, in between the two-day official 250cc test and the first race of the season on Saturday

Thai Honda PTT SAG rider Ratthapark Wilairot has been enjoying a short rest period in the Qatari capital Doha, in between the two-day official 250cc test held at the Losail International Circuit last week and the first race of the season at the same venue on Saturday.

The 18 year-old will make just his second ever Grand Prix appearance when the opening round of the 2007 World Championship commences and he has been keeping any nerves at bay by visiting the local places of interest in Doha and maintaining his daily fitness routine at his hotel.

"It's good to have a few days off in order to get ready for the first race of the season," he explained. "Since Friday I've been training at the hotel's gym and when it's not too hot I visit the city and the landmarks of Qatar. More than anything, the lack of vegetation is astonishing, especially coming from Thailand, which is the exact opposite."

Wilairot has the opportunity to ride a Honda RS250R A-Kit in the quarter litre Grand Prix class this season as a result of an agreement between A.P. Honda of Thailand and the Spanish based Stop and Go Team.

Last year the Thai youngster was runner-up in the Japanese national Championship and having finished a respectable 10th in the 2006 Japanese GP, as a wild-card, he intends to make the most of his big break in 2007, concluding: "On Wednesday, it will be time to change my frame of mind and focus on the first Grand Prix of the year. I'm looking forward to the beginning of the season and I want to keep improving. I know it will be a steep learning curve and it will take time and effort to get there, but I'm willing to give it my all."

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250cc, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Ratthapark Wilairot

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