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Hoyle sees steady improvement potential for rookie season

Hoyle sees steady improvement potential for rookie season

British debutant undertakes latest test in Jerez with Haojue 125cc team.

Chosen to accompany Michael Ranseder in the new Haojue 125cc team, World Championship debutant Matthew Hoyle is looking forward to some steady improvement from both himself and his machinery over the course of 2009.

The Briton is a previous racewinner in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, and this week’s visit to Jerez is not the first occasion that he has raced at the Spanish circuit. It is however, one of the first times that Hoyle has faced the competition with whom he will lock horns in the tough lower cylinder category, as he explained to motogp.com

“I’ve never really ridden with these guys before, and it’s something that I am concentrating on now that we have Wednesday’s mechanical problems sorted. I have to see how they ride on these tracks,” said the youngster.

“The bike is different to what I’ve ridden before in terms of suspension and handling, but I couldn’t say that it was a worse bike than any other –even the KTM that I rode with in the Rookies series. The engine is getting stronger every time I ride, which is a positive.

“It’s just the engine’s top end that needs a bit of work, so I don’t think that it will be long before we are further up the timesheets. I also know most of the European tracks, so it’s just the flyaways that I will have to learn.”

The fledgling team have experienced names in their midst, with the likes of Garry Taylor and Trevor Morris working on the project’s success. Their influence has thus far been of great help to rookie Hoyle.

“It’s good to have them there, as they know the ins and outs of things and what to tell me.”

The Haojue team were formerly known as Maxtra, but have changed their moniker due to an existing company with the same name.

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125cc, 2009

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