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Championship winning team manager, Fausto Gresini: ´Katoh is fantastic, and has incredible potential´

Championship winning team manager, Fausto Gresini: ´Katoh is fantastic, and has incredible potential´

As the celebrations still go on for Daijiro Katoh and the victorious Telefonica Movistar Team, team manager Fausto Gresini is reflecting on what took the team to winning the 250cc World Championship. The Italian knows what it takes to be successful at this level having himself won two World 125cc Championships in the mid-80s. ´The most important thing above anything else is to have a passion for the sport. This year we had the perfect team, the perfect set-up, but what was important was that we all had a passion and a desire to win and that´s as good a secret to winning as any.´

Gresini is quick to point out however, that his team are lucky to have a rider like Daijiro Katoh on board, ´The rider is fantastic, he is still young and possess such a huge talent, it´s great to work with him´. He is full of admiration of the Japanese rider, and added, ´Katoh has some very clear objectives about what he wants to be, and he also has an incredible potential with which to do it. He lends a calmness to the team which means everyone finds him easy to work with. His full of pride in his work, and has admirable inner strength´.

With Katoh moving up to the official Honda MotoGP class team next year along with the Gresini set-up, the ex-Garelli rider admits that having Katoh on board is a string to their bow, ´It´s a great boost for the team to be able to continue with Katoh next year, and it´s a great opportunity for us all. The aim is going to be to win the Championship next year but it won´t be the end of the world if we don´t because it will be a learning year for Katoh, however it´s essential that we are involved in the most important class of MotoGP´.

In terms of achievement, Gresini rates this up there with winning the title, but he remarks, ´It´s important never to be happy, you always have to set new objectives and new goals. There is no such thing as the ´maximum level of achievement´ you have to look to be constantly improving.´ The Italian also admits that he would love the chance to have Katoh in his team for the foreseeable future, ´We work so well together that I hope our working relationship goes on for a long time to come, and the team feels the same way. Secretly I hope that he rides to the end of his career here, but that´s a long way off yet so it´s best not to talk about it´.

250cc, 2001, Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, RAC

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