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Takahashi to ride at Assen.

Despite Gabor Talmacsi's sudden arrival, and a broken finger, Yuki Takahashi will continue to ride alongside the Hungarian in this weekend's Dutch TT at Assen.

Talmacsi's financially-powered promotion to the premier-class from Barcelona onwards was initially rumoured to mean that Takahashi would soon be without a ride.

However, Team Scot insisted that its intention was to keep both riders and that it would try and secure the necessary extra bikes from Honda.

Those haven't yet materialised, and both riders will therefore be in serious trouble if a flag-to-flag race occurs this Saturday, but it seems unlikely that Honda will allow the only Japanese rider on the grid to disappear for purely financial reasons and Takahashi is looking forward to his Dutch MotoGP debut.

“I never liked Assen too much when I was a 250 rider. But I didn't used to like Barcelona either on a 250, but I have to say that all tracks are different on a MotoGP bike, and this year I've enjoyed tracks I didn't used to like so much,” he said.

“My finger injury stopped me from taking part in the post-race tests at Catalunya but this is not going to affect my performance. We tried some new solutions during the race weekend, so I could express my opinion to the team, so we know what we want.”

Talmacsi had a baptism of fire at Catalunya, throwing a leg over a MotoGP bike for the very first time in the opening practice session.

Initially overawed by the 200-plus horsepower machine, the former 125 world champion was getting up to speed by the end of the weekend and went even faster during the post-race tests.

The diminutive Hungarian made crucial machine adjustments during the tests, like moving his seating position forward, and loves Assen - winning the 2005 and 2008 Dutch 125 TTs.

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Hedgeholer - Unregistered

June 25, 2009 2:06 PM

Don't underestimate Talmacsi - He is a good, talented rider. Don't oversell him. He is riding something pretty well unlike anything he's ridden before (yes I know the 800 were said to be much like 250s but it ain't really so. They're simply less different from them than the 990s were). He may or may not come good. Barring an out of the blue podium it'll take a while before a fair assessment's possible.

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