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KTM hoping to bounce back after misfortune

KTM hoping to bounce back after misfortune

Red Bull KTM Team Coordinator Francesco Guidotti has seen the orange machines experience mixed fortunes with their new riders on board thus far in 2007.

Red Bull KTM Team Coordinator Francesco Guidotti has seen the orange machines experience mixed fortunes with their new riders on board thus far in 2007. The Austrian factory line up Tomoyoshi Koyama and American rookie Stevie Bonsey in the 125cc category, with twice 125cc runner-up Mika Kallio moving up to 250cc.

For Guidotti, the Easter break has allowed the team "to work hard on the bike, although the small improvements will only be fully evaluated on track."

"At the first two races we had it confirmed to us exactly what we were expecting; that the level of competition in both 125cc and 250cc is extremely fierce. We have had some bad luck, with crashes and a couple of technical problems that have prevented us from hitting full stride, but we are confident that we can turn things around over the next few races," commented Guidotti.

Kallio is the rider hit hardest by technical difficulties, but has nonetheless impressed in his time on track. "He's adapted well to the category, and has a lot of talent," was the official KTM verdict on the Finn. "Now he has to take a step forward that is definitely going to be more difficult. It's a pity that he has suffered misfortune over the past two races, because Mika is a very fast rider."

Stevie Bonsey, the protégé of Kenny Roberts Sr who took his first World Championship points at Jerez, was also evaluated by Guidotti. "I think that Stevie's 13th place was a bit of a surprise. He might have known the track beforehand, but it was still a great result for only his second race. It will be a year of sacrifice, because he is completely unfamiliar with all the other tracks. He's young and far from home, which can affect a rider, but we hope that he can overcome this and continue improving. The first impression has been really good."

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250cc, 2007

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