Sekiguchi aims to end March 24th Jerez Curse

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Saturday, 24 March 2007

In one of the more intriguing happenings at the Circuito de Jerez yesterday, 250cc rider Taro Sekiguchi attempted to end two years of misfortune with some traditional Japanese superstitions.

In one of the more intriguing happenings at the Circuito de Jerez yesterday, 250cc rider Taro Sekiguchi attempted to end two years of misfortune with some traditional Japanese superstitions.

On the exact same date, March 24th in both 2005 and 2006, the Campetella Racing rider had two very similar accidents on the same corner at Jerez, breaking his right femur on both occasions.

The first of those two crashes occurred during an official test at the Andalusian track ahead of the 2005 season, whilst last year he sustained the injury on the first day of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

Eerily enough, in 2007 the fateful date just so happens to fall on the second day of this weekend's Grand Prix, and thus Sekiguchi, along with his family, his team, his fans and all those involved with MotoGP will be hoping the ‘curse of Jerez' can be extinguished with a solid, incident free performance by the 31 year old.

The rider himself has not left anything to fate and has been exorcising his demons by sprinkling salt on the track and over his Aprilia machinery on the first two days in southern Spain, which according to Japanese tradition is a sign of good luck.

Sekiguchi is still on the mend from a string of operations over the past two years, and will be hoping to continue his comeback with a good result this weekend.

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