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Lukasz Wargala and G22 join forces in Moto2

Lukasz Wargala and G22 join forces in Moto2

27-year-old Lukasz Wargala is set to make his 2011 Moto2 debut in the G22 Racing Team colours, as the first Polish rider in the Grand Prix World Championship in almost 40 years.

After two seasons in the German IDM Superbike series Lukasz Wargala, from Zielona Gora, will ride a Moriwaki championship winning machine alongside Italian Raffaele De Rosa under the watchful eye of brothers Pablo and Gelete Nieto on the G22 Racing Team. Confirmation of Wargala’s signing comes after the announcement last week of Fonsi Nieto’s retirement, whom the Polish rider replaces in 2011.

Poland and Spain meet again in the World Championship as the only Polish rider to have stood on the podium, Ryszard Mankiewicz at the Yugoslavian 125cc Grand Prix in 1969, is remembered very fondly by the 13-times World Champion and father of the G22 Racing Team owners, Angel Nieto, with the pair racing against each other in the early 1970s.

Wargala had his first taste of the Moto2 action during a three-day test at Valencia which concluded on Saturday, and which is to be followed by two more official outings at Estoril and Jerez de la Frontera. The new project will be officially unveiled during presentations in Warsaw and Madrid before the season starts at Qatar on March 20th.

Lukasz Wargala

“I am very happy to be the first Polish rider in the Grand Prix World Championship in almost 40 years. It is a great honour - and while I will do my best to make the Polish fans proud, it is also a great challenge and I am under no illusion of the task ahead. Moto2 and MotoGP are the highest levels of motorcycle racing and to do well, you must know the circuits and have a very good understanding of the bike. That is why I want to focus on learning during this season and I believe it won’t be my last. Luckily with Pablo, Gelete and the whole G22 Racing Team I have a fantastic crew around me as well as a winning bike.”

Pablo Nieto

“We are a young team so it is important to have a young and upcoming rider like Lukasz Wargala, with whom we can grow together. Lukasz has a lot of potential but he must learn a lot and this is what we will be concentrating on this season. We won’t be putting any pressure on him to get results and all we would like him to do is to learn. We have known each other for a short time but I know he is a good person and he can do well in Moto2. It is also very important for the World Championship to have a first Polish rider in a long time. Ryszard Mankiewicz raced against my father some 40 years ago and now Lukasz will race in Moto2 together with the sons of Angel Nieto. It’s a great emotion for all of us.”

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