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Honda Pons, Pramac and Max Biaggi join forces for 2003

Honda Pons, Pramac and Max Biaggi join forces for 2003

Honda Pons, Pramac and Max Biaggi join forces for 2003

The Honda Pons team, Pramac and Max Biaggi join forces to enter the 2003 MotoGP World Championship, as it was confirmed today by the spanish outfit. 31-year-old Biaggi will ride the Honda RC211V, which has dominating this year's Championship.

Max´s arrival in the team managed by Sito Pons has been possible through the intervention of Pramac. The Italian industrial giant, run by the Campinoti family, has already competed in this year´s MotoGP Championship, and has now signed a three-year agreement with Max Biaggi to ride a Honda four-stroke bike in the MotoGP World Championships. Pramac is Honda´s leading industrial client and by placing its rider in the top Honda satellite team it will strengthen that commercial relationship with Honda whilst maximising global coverage for its brand.

Team owner Sito Pons explained : 'Max is a fantastic rider, a born winner, and we are convinced that in the right team with the right bike he will be World Champion. Max certainly has the skill and attitude to be World Number 1 and our job now is to give him the best equipment and support to achieve this goal. We know that there is a lot of work to do, but everyone in the team is relishing the challenge. $$$ Max joining the team is a real cause for excitement for us and everyone is looking forward to seeing him on the RC211V in the first preseason testing sessions. I am very pleased to have reached an agreement with Paolo Campinoti and Max so that we can compete together in 2003. Next season´s championship promises to be a thrilling affair and no one should bet against Max taking Valentino´s crown'.

Paolo Campinoti, owner of Pramac, added : 'Our goal is to compete at the highest level possible and we feel that the combination of Max with Pramac and Honda Pons is a winning formula that will be a real contender for the World Championship. Pramac always strives to be the best in its field and we are looking forward to achieving further successes from our partnership with Max and with Honda Pons'.

Runner up in the past two years, Max Biaggi now looks forward the 2003 season and has already started working with his new team. He rode the Honda for the first time this week in Valencia. His chief mechanic will be the experienced Santiago Mulero, who has worked with many top riders. In the next few days the name of the second rider and the team structure for 2003 will be announced.

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