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Talmacsi honoured by number one plate opportunity

Talmacsi honoured by number one plate opportunity

2007 125cc World Champion Gabor Talmacsi returned to the scene of his title triumph last week, undertaking three days of testing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.

2007 125cc World Champion Gabor Talmacsi returned to the scene of his title triumph last week, undertaking three days of testing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. The Hungarian was one of the three fastest riders over the course of the three days in Spain, trailing two men in team-mate Sergio Gadea and Briton Bradley Smith who he identifies as some of his main rivals for the year.

Talmacsi's Aspar Aprilia machine is now adorned with the coveted number one plate, although the title holder is refusing to live off past glories.

"It is a pleasure to have the number one plate on my bike; I'm so proud to just to be in pitlane with it. It's a fantastic feeling. However, to be honest I have to forget about last year" ,says the 26 year-old. "It's a completely new year, a new bike and we are working very hard for this."

The new machine has brought an increase in acceleration for Talmacsi, although he admits that a little more fine tuning is required with other parts of the bike.

"The engine is much better; there's more power. The frame and suspension, however, are not ready. It's not bad, but there's still some work to be done; on the fast corners the bike is not so easy to turn, so we are looking at this."

With some of the title challengers showing their hand early in testing, any expectations that Talmacsi had for a runaway championship defence seem to have been eradicated, although the national hero is still the firm favourite to retain his crown.

"I was dreaming of beating maybe Valentino Rossi's win record in the class this year, but now I see that there are some fast guys in testing. It's difficult to say, but maybe Bradley Smith, Simone Corsi and Tomoyoshi Koyama will make things not so easy for me," concluded Hungary's first ever World Champion.

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125cc, 2008, Gabor Talmacsi, Bancaja Aspar Team

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