Polaris World line-up likely to remain the same for 2009Moto2™ is powered by
It has been an interesting year so far for Polaris World in the 250cc and 125cc classes, as their respective riders in the two categories, Mattia Pasini and Bradley Smith, have experienced a number of ups and downs.
The team look likely to retain the services of both competitors next season, with more consistent performances likely to be high on the list of priorities from those paying the bills.
Unlike his highly unfortunate start to the 2007 season on 125cc machinery, Pasini commenced the current campaign with a brilliant win in Qatar, followed up by a solid second place at Jerez, but four subsequent DNFs – including an heart-braking crash at his home track on the Rimini coast on Sunday – have left him in sixth place in the standings.
In the single cylinder class, meanwhile, Bradley Smith has experienced pole positions, brief race leads, three podiums and some painful crashes, as he continues his fast learning curve in the World Championship.
Speaking to motogp.com, Jose Maria de la Puerta, the Polaris World Team Manager, assessed the season so far and stated his intention to maintain a similar set-up in 2009.
`Our current thinking is that we want to have the same structure next season. We are fairly happy with the current team and with our results to date this year. We have provisional contractual agreements with both riders for 2009 and unless anything major changes we´ll stay like this,´ declared De la Puerta.
The Spanish boss continued, `We are really happy with both Mattia and Bradley. Mattia was new to the 250cc category this year and although Bradley had already ridden in 125cc it was on a different bike, from a different manufacturer and we´re pleased with the results both have achieved.´
On Smith´s continued quest for a first career victory De la Puerta added, `We hope we gets there soon. Bradley is very fast and has shown that regularly in practice. He has had a bit of bad luck in a few races and has needed a bit more experience on other occasions, but that is normal for a 17 year-old. Overall he is having a good season and we still hope he´ll get his first win this year.´
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