Alex Debon had thought his 2002 season in the 250cc class was secure, until he got news that his team, Hardwick Racing, were pulling out of the championship. Debon had a deal with Jeff Hardwick, owner of the team, to develop the new Honda RS250R-W. However money troubles have caused the Australian team to withdraw their entry in the 2002 championship, leaving Debon without a ride for the coming season.

The news came as a surprise for Debon, who was happy with the new project and had tested the bike at Suzuka at the end of last year. Team mate Katja Poensgen has also had her plans thrown in the air and it seems the problems with Hardwich Racing have caused some hard times:

"The truth is when the news surfaced that the Hardwick team wouldn't be continuing with the project, we were all caught by surprise." Explained Debon. "A few weeks ago everything was clear. We had agreed on a schedule and had assurances about the future, as well as the backing of a factory. Suddenly everything fell apart and I was left without a team. There have been some truly hard moments but it was necessary to react and to look for another fast solution."

Debon was quick on the case of finding himself a replacement team before the beginning of the season, and it appears the Spaniard may have been lucky. The riders representatives are finalising a deal with a team which will guarantee his presence in the 2002 250cc World Championships.

"I hope that soon we will be able to make public the name and the details of my new team. In fact," added Debon, "if everything goes as planned, I will begin testing at the next IRTA session in Valencia in the middle of February".



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