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Simón: “We need to keep our feet on the ground”

Simón: “We need to keep our feet on the ground”

Bancaja Aspar’s Julián Simón is having a good preseason on his return to 125cc riding but insists nothing has been achieved yet.

Following another successful test at Estoril earlier this week Julián Simón is proving to be the reference point for the rest of the 2009 125cc grid so far this year - and his rivals will all be working hard to match his times at next week’s Official MotoGP test in Jerez.

The Spanish rider goes back to 125cc competition this year, having spent the last two seasons in the 250cc class, and he has been the fastest participant at all three preseason tests he has attended thus far in 2009, at Jerez, Valencia and Estoril.

Even though he did not ride on the last day in Portugal his 1´45.046 time from Monday was the quickest of the three days amongst the single cylinder attendees and everything appears to be rosy with his new team Bancaja Aspar.

“We went to Estoril having already done some good work this year and I’m happy that we managed to keep progressing there,” Simón commented. “The information the team had from previous year has helped a lot and I felt really comfortable. That meant I was able to run a good pace for several laps, but we need to keep our feet on the ground because the rest of the riders will be working hard to catch up and I’m sure it will be another tough competition in 125cc this year.”

The 21 year-old added, “For my part I’m just going to keep working hard and at the Jerez test we’ll try to keep moving forward as much as we can, so that we get to the first race with all our homework done.”

“The times have been good so far, but the important thing is that we have tested in various conditions and at different tracks. Without the team I would not have been able to get such good lap times. Every time I go out on track they give me a new piece of good advice and the bike works consistently well.”

125cc, 2009

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