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Experienced head adds to FFM Honda pedigree

Experienced head adds to FFM Honda pedigree

The sight of a Rossi alongside a World Championship-winning technician is nothing new to anyone with more than the briefest encounters with MotoGP.

The sight of a Rossi alongside a World Championship-winning technician is nothing new to anyone with more than the briefest encounters with MotoGP. However, this is not a story of a five-time premier class title winner and a straight-talking Chief Mechanic, but rather that of a young rookie given a great chance of success courtesy of a coup for his team.

Louis Rossi makes his debut in the 125cc category for the FFM Honda GP team in 2008, and the French outfit have further strengthened their hand with the addition of one of the most well-travelled crew members in MotoGP, Gilles Bigot, as Technical Director.

Chief Mechanic for Alex Criville from 1994 until 2001 -during which time he helped the Spaniard to his solitary 500cc title- Bigot brings a wealth of experience to the table. Aside from his work with Criville, the Frenchman can also list the likes of Carlos Cardus, Alex Barros, Norick Abe, Sylvian Guintoli and Alberto Puig amongst his collaborators in the premier class, with the latter bringing him to 250cc for a spell in 2005.

Although there are obvious differences in the three World Championship cylinder categories, the new Technical Director is keen to inculcate Rossi over the course of the year in a class which he feels may provide even himself with a few tests.

"In 125cc racing, technical choices can be more decisive than in any other class. It takes a lot of work and you have to be sure of all your choices," explains Bigot, who most recently worked with Julian Simon in the Repsol Honda 250cc team.

"On the other hand, I worked with many different riders in the past and gained a lot of experience, so now I'm happy to share this knowledge with a young riders such as Louis, who will have his first full championship this year."

Tags:
125cc, 2008, FFM Honda GP 125

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