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Ranseder's Italian training visit

Ranseder's Italian training visit

Michael Ranseder, who finished the 2007 season 12th in the overall standings, has been putting in plenty of hours in preparation for the forthcoming campaign following his move to Fiorenzo Caponera's I.C. Team for 2008.

Michael Ranseder, who finished the 2007 season 12th in the overall standings, has been putting in plenty of hours in preparation for the forthcoming campaign following his move to Fiorenzo Caponera's I.C. Team for 2008.

Alongside new teammate Andrea Iannone and a pair of Spanish MX2 World Championship riders, Ranseder has been undertaking some serious fitness work with his new employers at a training camp near Imola.

The third rider from the Aprilia team, Takaaki Nakagami, has of course been doing his own pre-season training with the Red Bull MotoGP Academy.

Under the guidance of former 500cc MX World Champion Andrea Bartolini, Ranseder and Iannone went mountain biking, enjoyed daily work-outs on MX machinery and put in the hours in the gym to prepare themselves for another long, hard season of 125cc action.

"In the past couple of weeks I have put in some hard work on my fitness, riding every day with MX bikes and occasionally doing a long morning ride on a mountain bike. Now I'm feeling 100 percent fit," said 21 year old Ranseder.

"Despite the hard graft, it was a lot of fun to work alongside the group, as our guide Andrea (Bartolini) always had something entertaining prepared and the time passed very quickly. But now I'm looking forward to working on track with my 125cc Aprilia."

Ranseder, Austria's sole representative in the World Championship, also improved his language skills with an Italian course during his stay in Italy – his new colleague Iannone helping him along the way.

"To be part of an Italian team it is essential to know the basics in Italian. Andrea and I get along well and he is a good teacher. We spent a lot of our free time together and he was also a perfect guide in showing me the area, especially Bologna," explained Ranseder.

Ranseder, whose 2007 campaign ended with a personal highlight when he tested the MotoGP Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR the day after the final Grand Prix at Valencia, will start his 2008 on-track preparations at that same venue this week, as 125cc pre-season testing continues in Spain.

Tags:
125cc, 2008, Michael Ranseder

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