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Talmacsi goes for Victoria with new number

Talmacsi goes for Victoria with new number

Hungarian adjusts bike décor for 250cc debut campaign.

One of the speediest bikes on track in 250cc preseason testing, some of the finer details of Gabor Talmacsi’s Aprilia RSA may have gone unnoticed as it blitzed down the straights on the Hungarian’s first laps onboard. The Balatonring Team machine, decked out in the colours of the former 125cc World Champion’s national flag, features a new number and a new name stickered on the bodywork and dashboard.

Talmacsi will run number 28 for the 2009 campaign, his third different plate in as many years. Unable to reassume the number 14 used until his 2007 title win, the 250cc rookie made his choice of number based on two distinct details.

“I asked (Thai Honda rider and current owner of number 14) Ratthapark Wilairot if I could use 14 this year, but he said ‘no, it’s my number’. So I chose 28, because this year I am 28 years old and also it is double 14, so hopefully I will be twice as fast!” he explained at last weekend’s lower cylinder category test in Valencia, where he finished top of the timesheets on a rainy two-day stint.

Delighted with the fast times and a rapid adaptation to the quarter-litre class over the past few months, Talmacsi has chosen the name for his new bike carefully to find the most appropriate moniker for his season. Nestled above the Playstation design of his dashboard, four letters signal the Hungarian star’s intentions.

“I’ve chosen ‘Viki’ as my bike’s name, as I usually give women’s names to all of them. Before I used ‘Jessica’, for example. It’s short for ‘Victoria’, and I hope that the bike takes me to victory!”

Having made big changes to his riding style aboard the factory Aprilia, Talmacsi is relishing the completion of his preseason, the next test of which takes place next month in Estoril, Portugal.

250cc, 2009

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