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By Federal Oil Gresini Moto2

Navarro gets 2017 into gear at team launch

Spaniard debuts in Moto2™ colours in Italy

Former Moto3™ title contender Jorge Navarro unveiled his 2017 colours in Faenza on Friday as he prepares to move up to the intermediate class with the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 team. The Spaniard, who was Moto3™ Rookie of the Year upon his debut in 2014, unveiled his new machine the Gresini headquarters in Italy – ahead of getting back on track for testing at the end of February at his home track, the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.

Jorge Navarro: “The official presentation of a new season is always a very special moment; for me this year it’s even more exciting, because it marks the beginning of an exciting adventure inside a solid and ambitious project. I had the opportunity to ride the Kalex Moto2 machine last November, although actually the test was halted by my physical problems. During the winter I had time to recover and now I feel stronger and stronger every day and full of energy; in addition, I can count on a few more days of rest before getting back on track, so I think that I can be fully fit ahead of the first test of the year. I will work together with the team trying to progress step by step, in order to learn and to adapt in the best possible way to this category. I know I can do well, because I have everything I need, that’s a great team and a great bike!”.

Fausto Gresini, Team Manager: “Our program in the Moto2 World Championship together with Federal Oil continues to be a very ambitious project: in the 2017 season we will bring to the Moto2 debut one of the most talented riders expressed by Moto3, Jorge Navarro. A rider of undoubted talent, which in 2016 was still one of the great protagonists of the smaller displacement, despite some injuries have not allowed him to fully express his potential. Jorge has a great desire to do well and last November, although he was not in the best physical condition, he already wanted to try the Kalex to start getting to grips with a totally new category for him; later he had time to undergo surgery, to train a lot and recover his physical fitness; a necessary ‘set-up’ that will allow him to face in the best possible way the upcoming test in preparation for the first race in Qatar. Of course we are aware that he’s a rookie and therefore we cannot expect to be among the teams that can aspire to the fight for the World title, but I think we can grow up quickly and start in a short time to fight for important results”.