Debon maintains positive outlook after Portuguese accident

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Friday, 18 April 2008

Lotus Aprilia rider Alex Debon has experienced mixed fortunes at the start of 2008 in his early attempts to battle for the 250cc World Championship title, but he is staying positive about the challenge that lies ahead.

Experienced campaigner Alex Debon has the benefit of using a factory Aprilia RSA bike for a full season this year, having helped develop the machine in 2007, but he has not quite yet found his rhythm as he battles to put himself amongst the front runners in the 250cc World Championship.

Having successfully supported quarter litre class World title winner Jorge Lorenzo en route to his second 250cc crown in succession last year, before the Majorcan youngster´s move into MotoGP, Debon is one of the strongest contenders in the category vacated by the departing champion this year.

Debon was on pole at the first round of the year in Qatar where he finished just off the podium, but has since recorded a disappointing sixth place on home soil at Jerez – followed-up by a DNF at Estoril where he crashed out of the race.

That has left him with 23 points and in seventh place in the provisional classification after three rounds and Debon is determined to up his game in the forthcoming rounds.

Speaking earlier this week during a visit to the headquarters of Blumaq, a Spanish firm of industrial parts suppliers based in his home town of La Vall d´Uixo in Spain´s Castellon region who have sponsored Debon throughout his career, the 32 year-old explained just what went wrong on a drying track in Portugal.

`I lost the rear end,´ said Debon, `I think it was because of some water on the surface of the track, and there was nothing I could do to avoid the crash. It was a shame because the race was going well. We had some set-up problems throughout the weekend, mainly because of the weather, but it is no excuse.´

`The start of the season has been difficult,´ continued the Spaniard, `so we have to remain positive, keep working, stay cool and concentrate on improving things in China.´

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