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Wilairot ready for return to scene of debut

Wilairot ready for return to scene of debut

The fourteenth round of the 250cc World Championship season this weekend at Motegi sees Thai Honda PTT SAG rider Ratthapark Wilairot returning to the scene of his Grand Prix debut last year as a wild-card.

The fourteenth round of the 250cc World Championship season this weekend at Motegi sees Thai Honda PTT SAG rider Ratthapark Wilairot returning to the scene of his Grand Prix debut last year as a wild-card.

His 10th place finish in the 2006 race was enough to earn the Thai rider a full-time contract with Eduardo Perales' team for this season and Wilairot is currently proving to be one of the best newcomers in the quarter litre class.

He will arrive at the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan 16th in the general standings with a respectable 29-point tally.

Considering the challenge ahead of him in the Far East the teenager commented: "Going back to Motegi is very important for me. Last year I had a great race there, which allowed me to get a full time ride. It's a track I like a lot and I think I can get a good result there."

"On top of that, I will get some extra support with about 100 people coming from Thailand - they are mostly Honda dealers and I hope to give them something to cheer about on Sunday. However, it's just another race in the season and I shouldn't put too much pressure on myself by aiming for a particular result. All I can say for now is that I'll do my best, just like every weekend."

The Spanish-based team's manager Perales added: "Racing here is very important to us because Motegi is a bit of a landmark in the team's history: that's where I first saw Ratthapark riding and I realised he had great potential. It all began in Japan and coming back is important, even if it's only another step in our effort to consolidate our position in the 250cc World Championship. The fact we're back in Motegi this weekend proves we followed the right path, we have to continue in this direction with at least as much application and make sure we keep progressing."

Tags:
250cc, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Ratthapark Wilairot

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