Sito Pons on new recruits Viñales and Salom

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Sito Pons on new recruits Viñales and Salom
Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Sito Pons’ Tuenti HP 40 Moto2™ outfit will sport an all-new line-up for 2014, as Moto3™ World Champion Maverick Viñales joins the squad alongside 2013 title rival Luis Salom. The team owner is confident that both will be challengers.

In 2013, the Pons squad celebrated the Moto2™ title with Pol Espargaro, who now climbs the ladder to the MotoGP™ premier class with Monster Yamaha Tech3. At the same time, Tito Rabat and Axel Pons have switched to other Moto2™ squads, leaving the Spanish team with a brand-new look ahead of the new season.

"We are happy," Pons begins. "We achieved almost all of the goals we wanted to in 2013; the Teams’ Championship and the Riders’ Championship, in which we finished first with Pol and third with Tito. We are so happy and proud; not only myself, but all of the people who work and contribute to the team – the riders, the partners, everybody. Now the season is over, we need to start thinking and working on preparations for next year. We have a lot of hopes for next year."

Discussing new recruits Viñales and Salom, Pons continues:

"The main thing is that this year we had a three-rider team and next year we will have a two-rider team. We have had the World Champion of Moto2™ and we will now have the World Champion and third-placed rider of Moto3™. They are two brilliantly talented riders and, already in testing, have demonstrated what we thought about that; pushing very hard and being very talented to pick up experience very quickly.

"What I am sure is that they have the talent for winning in the Moto2™ class – that is something I know. I don’t know whether this talent will come in the first, second or fifth race, but for sure we will give them everything they need to showcase their talents as quickly as possible."

This week, Tuenti HP 40 are testing at Spain’s Almeria circuit between Tuesday and Thursday, with the curtain then coming down on their 2013 track activities.

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