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Big weekend ahead for Bautista and Di Meglio

Big weekend ahead for Bautista and Di Meglio

Álvaro Bautista will fight for his first Le Mans podium this weekend in France, whilst his team-mate Mike di Meglio is looking forward to his home race at the famous French track.

Mapfre Aspar’s former 125cc World Champion Álvaro Bautista has never featured on the podium before at the Grand Prix de France and that is something he will look to put right on Sunday as he aims to continue his good start to the season.

The popular Spaniard, who was the 250cc World Championship runner-up last year, has started his 2009 title assault with a win in Japan and second place in Spain, after a slow start in seventh place in Qatar, to leave him four points behind early standings leader Hiroshi Aoyama – who of course outdid him at Jerez on the final corner.

More significantly perhaps he is already 38 points ahead of title-holder Marco Simoncelli, so going into the fourth GP of the year Bautista’s ambition is to keep racking up the top three results.

“I’ve never been up there on the podium at Le Mans, but I want to keep my current good form going this weekend,” explained Bautista. “I’m really up for it after Jerez where we had a fantastic race and we proved we could enjoy the head-to-head battles. We know we will need to work hard in free practice because the Hondas seem to go well at this circuit. Le Mans is a place where your changes of direction are crucial so we need to get our chassis set-up properly for that.”

From the other side of the Mapfre Aspar pitbox Frenchman Mike Di Meglio will also be hoping to step onto the podium at his home track, where he took victory last year en route to the 125cc title.

The 21 year-old from Toulouse commented, “Things were difficult in Jerez at the end because I had some problems with my right forearm so I have been resting and stretching it since then. I love Le Mans and I really want to get a good result in front of my fans. Normally the weather is quite changeable, but I hope it doesn’t rain so that I can get a good set-up in practice and be ready for a big race.”

250cc, 2009, GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Alvaro Bautista, Mapfre Aspar Team

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