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Alex DebÃ³n will begin a new chapter in his career in 2011 as he takes on a Team management role, his first campaign in 12 years in which he will not be riding.
Overseeing the Aeroport de CastellÃ³ set-up the Spaniard will have Kev Coghlan taking on the challenge he himself carried in this yearâs Moto2 class, with DebÃ³nâs compatriot and talented youngster AdriÃ¡n MartÃn continuing in the 125cc category.
It was far from an easy decision for a hardened competitor such as DebÃ³n to hang up his leathers, but a crash in the penultimate round in Portugal resulted in an injury which proved to be the decisive factor.
âItâs been a complicated decision because I wanted to ride for another year, but sometimes you have to take the advice of the doctors,â said DebÃ³n. âAfter the fall in Portugal in which I dislocated my shoulder I met with Dr Gastaldi and his team and together we decided it was for the best. For once health had to take priority over sport.â
Now DebÃ³nâs experience of developing the FTR bike this year will benefit Coghlan, the 22 year-old who impressed during 2010 with wild card rides at Silverstone and AragÃ³n. Preparations are underway for a visit to Jerez next week (November 24th-26th) where the 2009 Spanish supersport Champion will start work on the FTR inherited from his predecessor and now Team Manager.
âWhat weâll give to Kev from the Aeroport de CastellÃ³ team is something that until now we havenât been able to give anybody, which is a comprehensive work plan, a team specifically prepared and one which is 100% official. Also a bike thatâs completely new but with all the data I can offer as a rider, and with a manufacturer in FTR that is one of the three that is working well in the World Championship,â said DebÃ³n. âI think that with my help in the box and advice on unfamiliar circuits that he doesnât know, we can cause a surprise next year in terms of results.â
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