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Marconi looking forward to Grand Prix debut

Marconi looking forward to Grand Prix debut

Luca Marconi will make his World Championship debut in the 125 class this season, riding for the CBC Corse team on an Italian bike alongside fellow Italian newcomer Luca Vitali.

The CBC Corse team welcomes two young Italian riders into the single cylinder class for their World Championship debuts this season, under the management of team boss Mirco Cecchini.

One of those riders is 19 year-old Luca Marconi, a former two-time European minimoto champion who comes from a small town (Savignano sul Rubicone) near the Italian capital Rome and is preparing to take on the world on board an Aprilia RSW.

Looking ahead to his rookie campaign, Marconi states, “My objective this year is just to gain as much experience as possible. This is a really big opportunity for me and I need to make the most of it, but obviously this is just the beginning of my career. I only really know four tracks, Valencia, Jerez, Mugello and Misano, and I have to study all the others on the Play Station!”

“For all the rookies this year we have the extra challenge of learning tracks without Friday morning practice, so we have to use all the time we have wisely,” he added.

Asked if he was nervous about making his debut under the floodlights at Qatar he lightheartedly responded, “Only if it goes dark on the first corner! I will be excited of course, but I can’t be too nervous. You can’t worry yourself too much if you want to become a winner.”

Predicting which riders would be likely to fight for the title in the three World Championship categories, Marconi also commented, “I think Stefan Bradl is the best rider in the 125cc class, from what I saw last year. He knows what he needs to do and he is a brave rider. The favourites in MotoGP and 250cc are easy for me to pick as an Italian, Valentino Rossi and Marco Simoncelli! There is so much to learn from them both.”

125cc, 2009, Luca Marconi, CBC Corse

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