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Talmacsi to sample Pedercini Kawasaki

The Hungarian racer is weighing up his options after being left without a Moto2 ride for 2011.
Former 125GP champion Gabor Talmacsi has confirmed he will sample a Superbike for the first time when he tests with Pedercini Kawasaki at Sepang with a view to a possible switch to the world championship.

The Hungarian rider, who started twelve MotoGP races for Scot Honda during the 2009 season, has been left without a ride for 2011 after his proposed switch to the Jack & Jones by Antonio Banderas Moto2 team was scuppered by the its recent decision to withdraw.

With few opportunities remaining on the Moto2 grid, the series in which Talmacsi finished sixth overall in 2010, he has instead turned his attentions to World Superbikes, where he is one of a handful of riders in the frame to join Roberto Rolfo at the satellite Kawasaki team.

While his motivation to join the team has been questioned by his recent admittance that Superbike racing is little-known in his native Hungary compared with MotoGP, he is nonetheless keen to sample the ZX-10R before discounting the move altogether.

Posting a message on his personal website, Talmacsi will be one of several riders to partake in the four-day Malaysian test, starting on 10th January. The 29-year-old also revealed that, should he not pursue a deal in World Superbikes, he will consider retirement from the sport.



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Talmacsi, Valencia Moto2 Test 2010
Talmacsi, Valencia Moto2 tests, November 2010
Talmacsi, Valencia Moto2 tests, November 2010
Talmacsi, Valencia Moto2 tests, November 2010
Talmacsi, Portuguese Moto2 Race 2010
Talmacsi, Portuguese Moto2 Race 2010
Talmacsi, Valencia Moto2 2010
Tom Sykes - Kawasaki Racing [pic credit: Kawasaki Racing Media]
Tom Sykes - Kawasaki Racing [pic credit: Kawasaki Racing Media]
Tom Sykes - Kawasaki Racing [pic credit: Kawasaki Racing Media]
Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team [credit: Kawasaki Racing]
Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team [credit: Kawasaki Racing]
Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team [credit: Kawasaki Racing]
Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team [credit: Kawasaki Racing]
Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team [credit: Kawasaki Racing]
Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team [credit: Kawasaki Racing]
Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team [credit: Kawasaki Racing]
Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team [credit: Kawasaki Racing]

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trr - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 1:07 PM

I hope he will do fine and can give it a shot this season! SBK is getting more and more popular from year to year. Actually it is my fav racing series, way more exciting than MotoGP. I know Team Pedercini and Kawasaki were not really competetive together last year but hopefully the new 10R and the full factory support will turn that around. Seriously, at the age of 29 talking about retirement is nonsense...in SBK he can have plenty more years and I am sure he has the talent to run with the guys there. A 125 WC and a 6th pos at the end of the first Moto2 season can not be pure luck. Get yourself together and show us, dude! :)

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 1:39 PM

Holland? WSB isn't popular in Hungary so he may have difficulty attracting / retaining personal sponsorships - so a perfectly valid comment - afterall a Pedercini ride isn't going to pay much salary. I would rather see him get the spare seat in WSS with Ten Kate - a competitive bike and team. If he goes to Pedercini I hope the bike is good enough to launch his WSB career not bad enough to end it.



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