2015 Le Mans Moto2 And Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the teams and Dunlop ahead of this weekend's French Grand Prix at Le Mans:

Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders ready to roll at Le Mans Moto3 round

Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro head to French Grand Prix with Honda bikes better than ever, having tested last week at the Circuito de Jerez.

The French Grand Prix gets underway with the opening free practice sessions this Friday –an opportunity for Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders Quartararo and Navarro to undertake their first laps this year of a track already familiar to them.

As occurred at Jerez, the duo have already ridden at Le Mans, as the circuit featured on the 2014 FIM CEV calendar. Quartararo took a home victory at that event, whilst Navarro placed fourth. This year the FIM CEV also hosts a round at the legendary circuit, but the MotoGP World Championship takes centre stage with its fifth meeting of the season.

Fabio Quartararo arrives at Le Mans with 52 points to his name and third in the overall standings, and having taken his first Grand Prix pole position at the Spanish GP. Jorge Navarro lies fourteenth, with 12 points and the top placing Spaniard in the Moto3 class.

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Circuit of Le Mans

Did you know?

The Le Mans track, also known as the Bugatti Circuit, was built in 1965 and incorporated part of the old Sarthe track –a semi-permanent 13.6km layout which has hosted the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race since 1923. In the 1980s, a top speed of 400 km/h was reached at the long des Hunaudières straight.

The circuit is characterised by its numerous slow corners. The stop-and-go nature of the track makes cornering especially important in Moto3, in order to get the best acceleration possible on the exit.

Fabio Quartararo

Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider

3rd in World Standing with 52 points

“There are some chicanes at Le Mans that I find very fun and interesting.”

“Le Mans is different to the rest of the tracks at which we have ridden. It is a circuit that is renowned for being stop-and-go. We haven’t ridden too much there, with our experience limited to the FIM CEV last year –which didn’t go at all badly for me. There are some chicanes at Le Mans that I find very fun and interesting. I think that it will be a fun Grand Prix, at which I will have many friends and family there. That is always a plus.”

Jorge Navarro

Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider

14th in World Standing with 12 points

“We go to Le Mans with a little bit of extra confidence”.

“The test at Jerez was very good for us, as it meant we could work intensely on trying out different setups for the bike. We go to Le Mans with a little bit of extra confidence and an improved feeling with the bike. Last year we rode at Le Mans in the FIM CEV; I had a good race and came close to the podium, eventually finishing fourth. I felt really good at the track. I think that, after a tough Spanish GP, we go to Le Mans stronger and motivated to take another step forward.”

Johann Zarco: "I am ready and calm about riding at home"

Ajo Motorsport rider has 1 win and 2 podiums from the first 4 races of the season, as the World Championship heads to Le Mans.

73 points from four Grands Prix allow Johann Zarco to come into his home round this weekend with a 16 point advantage at the head of the Moto2 standings. The Ajo Motorsport rider is ready for what lies ahead at Le Mans this weekend.

How do you feel coming into your home race?

"I am calm and prepared coming into my home Grand Prix. I am happy that it is this round, as each year it is one I look forward to competing in. I am calm because I have trained very well and am in the best shape possible heading to Le Mans."

Were you expecting to go there as Moto2 leader?

"I wanted to win my first Moto2 races and at the moment we have one win and two second places. That was my aim after preseason, so I can say that I wanted to be in this situation, I am happy about it and I hope to enjoy the weekend."

Do you feel any pressure coming into this race defending the World Championship lead?

"I feel some pressure, because I am in good form and need to take advantage of it. I feel that I can ride very comfortably now and can be fast. The way I am getting on with the team, my feeling on the bike and the recent good results give me reason to smile."

Le Mans is your home track; is it one of your favourites?

"I like it, but I wouldn’t say it is one of my favourites. It is a small track with some interesting sections, where you have to be careful not to make mistakes. I like the fast first corner and the flowing chicanes. I think that we can gain an advantage there with the Kalex."

What is your best memory from Le Mans?

"There are two. The first is from 2013, when I led the race, and the second is from 2012 when I got up to second from eight on the grid. The worst race I’ve had there was my first, in 2009, when I crashed twice in the rain."

Is it special riding in front of the home fans?

"Definitely. It’s a unique feeling. I am sure there will be many people, Le Mans will be full and my friends, family and fan club will be out in force. I hope to be able to make them happy with every lap. It’s great to feel their support."


Gresini Racing Team Moto3 riders Enea Bastianini and Andrea Locatelli are preparing for this weekend's fifth round of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship Moto3, the French Grand Prix on the track of Le Mans. Both the 17-year-old from Rimini that the 18-year-old from Selvino are fresh from a positive day of test, carried out last 5th of May in Jerez, which proved to be very useful also to the team to deepen theknowledge of the Honda NSF250RW.

Bastianini, seventh last year at his debut on the French track, will try to return to fight for the podium and to stay in the top positions in the overall standings, while his team mate Andrea Locatelli is willing tpo return to the levels shown in the first two races of the season, in Qatar and in Texas, where he got an 11th and a 7th place finish.


“Last year it was my first time at Le Mans and I immediately loved the track, from the first laps. In the race I fought for the podium and I was very competitive, but we know that every year is a different story. This weekend we will focus to find quickly the right set-up, in order to keep a good rhythm already in the first free practice sessions: we are confident to succeed because in the recent tests in Jerez we were able to work well on the bike, so we hope to be able to find the right set-up more quickly compared to what happened in the last races”.


“The Le Mans track is new to me, given that the wrist injury suffered a year ago didn’t allow to participate in the last edition of the Grand Prix. I still arrive in France confident that I can do well, because during the Jerez testing session we could make a good job on the bike. It will be important to start the weekend in the best possible way, and quickly figure out which direction to take with regard to the bike set-up”.


“We arrive in France with great confidence after a day of testing at Jerez which proved to be very positive: both Bastianini that Locatelli were able to work a lot of different areas of the bike, focusing on certain aspects that had never been possible to deepen during the race weekends. Thanks to this, we plan to begin the weekend of Le Mans from a more solid basis, that we hope it could allow us to stay in the top positions right from the first free practice”.

Moto3 - Round at Le Mans for San Carlo Team Italia

New challenge for Ferrari and Manzi at the Circuit Bugatti of Le Mans.

The 2015 season of San Carlo Team Italia in Moto3 World Championship continues at the Circuit Bugatti of Le Mans (France). Encouraged by the positive results of the "after Gp" test day, at Jerez de la Frontera on 5th May, Matteo Ferrari and Stefano Manzi will be on the track of Sarthe with the clear intention of improving their position in the standings, learning from the work done with the team in the last period.

Among the three Mahindra riders who achieved the points in the first four rounds, Matteo Ferrari will be in Le Mans with the right attitude to reach impressive levels of competitiveness, motivated to get a top-15, in line with the goals of the Team.

Same purpose for the rookie Stefano Manzi, author of two incredible comebacks in the races of Termas de Rio Hondo and Jerez, proving to have a pace in line with the referential group. The sixteen-year-old rider from Rimini had already raced at Le Mans last year in the FIM CEV Moto3, riding a Mahindra, so he won't have to learn the track all over.

Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)

"We arrive at Le Mans after a productive day of test at Jerez, in which we found some important confirmations about the technical part. We can't wait to get out on track again, and we have two goals for the weekend: to satisfy the requests of the riders to do the best from the first free practice and to reach the points in the race of Sunday. It would be positive for us to come home with some points, that are necessary to be in excellent form for the Gp of Mugello, planned for the end of the month. Our riders are familiar with the track and they're ready for this challenge; same situation for the team, that limited the gap from the pole at almost 1'' at Jerez. We hope to have favorable conditions, usually the weather in Le Mans is a little variable..."


With four races done and with the European season gathering pace, the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 is relishing the challenge of round five at France’s classic racing venue - Le Mans. The French Grand Prix is also a kind of “home race” for Belgian Xavier Siméon, who took his first Moto2 podium finish here back in 2013.

The team is fresh from a successful testing session carried on the circuit of Aragon, during which Siméon put in a lot of laps to further refine the set-up of his Kalex machine, looking for further improvement after the good fifth place finish obtained at Jerez. Therefore, the goal for this event is to return to fight for the podium.


“At Aragon we made two very positive days of testing, in which we were able to verify the performance of some new suspension solutions from Ohlins. We’ve been fast and consistent during the whole test, so we arrive in Le Mans aware that we have the potential to fight at the top. I like the track very much and this weekend there will be many fans who will come from Belgium to support me, so I hope I can give them a podium finish”.


“Our goal for this race remains the same, that is to fight at the top: after all, in the first four races we have always proven to be fighting for the podium positions, or at least to be able to stay permanently in the top five. The recent Aragon testing session is also giving us a big confidence boost, as we made some other steps forward, refining various aspects of our technical package, which however is already very competitive”.

Fabio Quartararo shares the secrets of Le Mans

The French circuit of Le Mans is the venue for Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Fabio Quartararo’s latest challenge in the Moto3 World Championship. The Frenchman shares some of the secrets of his home circuit ahead of Round 5 of the season.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider came up through series in Spain and is familiar with the various tracks in national championships. In 2013 and 2014 he was crowned champion of the FIM CEV, a competition which held a round at Le Mans last season –won by Quartararo

A few days before the French GP, Quartararo analyses the Le Mans circuit where he will compete in front of his home fans this weekend

Johann Zarco rides at home

Ajo Motorsport rider arrives at this weekend’s French Grand Prix as Moto2 leader and eager to please his supporters.

05/13/2015 - Le Mans Circuit, France

The fifth event on the Moto2 World Championship calendar gives Johann Zarco the opportunity to ride at the legendary Le Mans circuit. The Frenchman comes into his home leading the Moto2 overall standings with 73 points –with a 16 point advantage– and after a third consecutive podium at Jerez. Another rostrum finish at Le Mans will be one of the objectives for the Ajo Motorsport rider, who has yet to do so at a French GP.

A win in Argentina and second place finishes at Jerez and Austin allow Zarco to face the Grand Prix with confidence and calm, knowing that he is making a great start to the season. This weekend presents him with a great opportunity to shine in front of his home fans. To date, his best result at Le Mans has been fifth place in 2011 (125cc) and 2013 (Moto2).

The challenge for Johann Zarco will begin on Friday with free practice. On Saturday he will try to take his second pole position of the season, whilst on Sunday at 12:20 local time he will compete for a fourth consecutive podium in the race itself.


"My home race is a round I look forward to every year and I can say that I am ready and calm to face it now. It's always special to race in front of your friends and fans, and I am looking forward to giving them a good result. Le Mans is not one of my favourite tracks, but there are some sections that are really very interesting, such as the first corner, which is very fast, and the many changes in direction. I am eager to ride there with the Kalex, because I think that on these changes in directions we can be even faster. We are leaders, but it is still very early days. In any case, I'm happy to be in this situation and I hope to enjoy it."

Red Bull KTM Ajo looking to consolidate improvements in France

Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder look to score second consecutive podiums this weekend at Le Mans. Karel Hanika will ride his KTM despite undergoing surgery last week.

05/13/2015 - Le Mans Circuit, France

The two podiums achieved in Spain -and especially the findings of the subsequent day of testing- allow the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders to reach the French Grand Prix with their best feeling since the season started. The historic Bugatti circuit at Le Mans, a 'stop and go' track, is a venue that will test the improvements made by Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika after Jerez. The young Czech rider will take part in this fifth round of the calendar, despite undergoing surgery on his right hand last Wednesday.

Oliveira's second place and third for Binder at Jerez were a final boost for the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders’ confidence. Both the Portuguese and South African took their first podium finishes of the year in Spain, and will be determined to do well at Le Mans. Despite two front rows in France, Oliveira’s best result has been ninth place (2011), and Binder’s eighth in 2013.

Karel Hanika is not set to have an easy weekend. After undergoing surgery last week on the scaphoid of his right hand, the Czech rider has made a huge effort to be fit for round five. However, this setback is added to by the fact that he will have to leave from pitlane on Sunday, as punishment for an incident at the Spanish GP that incurred a 5-point penalty.

The schedule for the Grand Prix will be the usual one for European rounds, with the Moto3 race at 11:00am local time on Sunday. Last year, Jack Miller took victory for Red Bull KTM Ajo at Le Mans.


"We’re on our way to Le Mans and we’re highly motivated after the second place in Jerez –that result really boosted our spirits. I would say that Le Mans is a very ‘European’ circuit, since it is wide like Jerez and has very hard braking points. It’s a very twisty track, where slipstreaming doesn't have the same impact as at other circuits.

The team have been working well, and we hope to keep strong at Le Mans and continue to improve the bike further. We’re working every day towards victory, and that’s what we need to keep doing. We’ll try to maintain our form from Jerez and, as always, try our best to take home a positive result."


"The truth is that I feel very confident for this weekend at Le Mans. At each race we've contested this year, both the team and I have been taking steps forward. In addition, the testing day last week in Jerez helped us to make some of the biggest progress yet with the setup of the KTM. I feel strong and am ready to face this Grand Prix. Le Mans is one of the tracks that I enjoy the most. It is a 'stop and go' circuit with strong braking. I think that I can give a good showing and hope to be in the fight for the win, like at Jerez."


"Without a doubt this Grand Prix will be difficult, both for me and for the team, but that does not mean we will not be pushing as always for the best result.

To begin with, we will start the race from the pitlane after the penalty I received at Jerez, and I regret that incident deeply. Also, my wrist is still not 100%, although I think the doctors did a great job and thanks to them I can ride. Big thanks goes out to them.

We must continue working as we have been doing so far, because I'm sure we can get a good result. Maybe this weekend we won’t be in the leading group, but we have to work hard so that we can do well at the coming races.

The circuit is very nice and last year I set some good times there, so we know how to do it."


France welcomes Leopard Racing for round five of this year’s FIM Moto3™ World Championship, at a truly historical location due to the world famous 24 hours car race at the 4.2 kilometres long Bugatti Circuit.

With Danny Kent’s third victory of the season in Jerez two weeks’ time ago still fresh in mind, the Leopard Racing Moto3 team is ready to continue challenging at the top during this weekend’s Grand Prix de France at the legendary Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans.

Kent arrives in France with a comfortable 31 points lead over his team mate Efren Vazquez. The 21 year young from Chippenham in the UK is dominating the series so far after Kent was victorious in three out of four races. He and his crew also concluded a successful one-day test last week in Jerez, after which Kent’s confidence in the package has grown further.

Meanwhile, Efren Vazquez recovers quickly from his healthy issues, which hampered him during the Jerez weekend, although he finished the race in a fine fourth position. After his return in his home town he visited his fiduciary doctors and then was getting better day by day. The experienced Spaniard is looking forward to the French round with confidence, where he claimed pole position in the highly competitive Moto3 contest one year ago.

But also championship rookie Hiroki Ono knows the tricky stop-and-go track layout after the young Japanese’s visit in Le Mans in 2014, racing in the Spanish Championship. At this occasion Ono stormed to a remarkable third place in the race.

#7 Efren VAZQUEZ:

“After one restful week at home I feel a lot better with my physical condition. We, my doctors and me, are still not sure what the problem in Jerez was last time and which started during the Argentina race weekend last month. But I got good treatment and we’ve made a plan for my recovery which I need to follow for two month at least. I fully trust in my doctors and in this system to get well soon, because I feel better with every day, and I think I’ll be in much better shape this weekend in Le Mans. I go there with great memories from last year where I took my first pole position and set the fastest lap time during the race. This circuit of course is one of my favourites so from this point of view I really look forward to this upcoming race weekend. I’m determined to fight for a podium finish this Sunday.”

#52 Danny KENT:

“After our one-day test at Jerez last week, which was very useful for us, I look forward to Le Mans with more confidence. The Bugatti circuit isn’t my absolutely favourite track, but anyway we’ll work 110 percent to have another good weekend there. The plan for me is to continue working like we did in the previous races and working hard during practice sessions in order to find my own rhythm for this track. Anyway, working hard all weekend long, I’m sure we can have a good race this Sunday.”

#76 Hiroki ONO:

“I know Le Mans from a race in Spanish Championship last year and I also have good memories to this circuit thanks to a fine third place there. The track layout is quite different to that ones we raced so far this season but I’ve to admit that I’m somewhat of a fan of stop-and-go circuits like this. So from this point of view I really look forward to this weekend where I’m very eager to do better in order to forget my Jerez mistake.”

The Sky Racing Team VR46 looking ahead to a comeback at Le Mans

Fenati set to chase the front group. Migno at work to recover 100% from his shoulder injury

History and speed blend on the Le Mans Bugatti circuit as the Sky Racing Team VR46 riders look ahead to the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, the fifth round of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship. Romano Fenati and Andrea Migno have been working nonstop after the race in Jerez: in the wake of last May 5 post Jerez test, the two riders continued the preparation with two days’ training at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on street-legal KTM bikes, in combination with gym workout.

Romano will head to France ready to rally and try to make the most of a challenging track (his best finish in Le Mans so far has been 7th place). The race is not expected to be affected by hot weather as it happened in Jerez where rider number 5 were put to a hard test, even if should it rain Fenati would have to find the right feeling in wet conditions.

Migno admits to his affection for Le Mans track as in the first FIM CEV Moto3 race last year he finished 5th setting the fastest lap in 1'44"002. For him this will be another step into his career path.


PABLO NIETO / Team Manager

The riders’ performances at Le Mans will be down to weather conditions: things might get tough should it rain or be cold. Romano is very psyched up and he seems to be improving race after race. In this GP we’ll have to try and stick to the top four pack. I expect Andrea to fully recover from his shoulder injury, I think he has the potential to do well on this track, he really wants to get well soon and is eager to improve.


We are coming off a good weekend: in Jerez we pulled off a good race, we are still far from the top positions but we are doing a great job and once we have sorted out some issues we have we will be able to bridge the gap. Now we are looking ahead to Le Mans, last year I could not finish the race because of a breakdown and now I can’t wait to secure a good result.


Because of the shoulder pain, I was not able to perform as I wanted in Jerez. For the GP of Le Mans, a circuit that I like, I will do my best to be 100%, work hard and get off to a flying start

Biggest Ever Race Weekend Beckons for Marc VDS Teams

Gosselies, Belgium – May 11 2015: The Marc VDS Racing Team will take on its biggest ever weekend on May 16-17, with four races, four different categories, and three different venues. It adds up to 47 hours and five minutes of combined action over the course of the weekend!

While Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS attack the MotoGP and Moto2 World Championship races at Le Mans, BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS will contest the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and BMW Team Marc VDS will take on the European Le Mans Series 4 Hours of Imola.

At Le Mans, Scott Redding will be looking to rise up the points as he continues his MotoGP challenge on the Honda RC213V. Redding recently completed a fruitful test at Jerez, and the British rider will take this knowledge and confidence into the fifth race of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship.

Joining Redding in France are reigning world champions Tito Rabat – Moto2 – and Alex Marquez – Moto3 – on the Kalex Moto2 machines. Rabat scored his first podium finish of the season at Jerez and will be looking to continue his progress upward in the Moto2 World Championship. Marquez will be aiming to score further points in his debut Moto2 season.

In Germany, Marc VDS will be hoping to return to the podium as they aim for overall victory in the 24-hour race. The squad narrowly missed out on victory in 2013, before being denied once more in 2014. They are back with renewed vigour and hunger this season, with one of the strongest line-ups in the field, ready for the demanding challenge of the Nordschleife. Two BMW Z4 GT3s are entered – #25 for Lucas Luhr, Maxime Martin, Markus Palttala and Richard Westbrook, and #26 for Dirk Adorf, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Jörg Müller.

The Italian challenge is taken up by the team’s new-for-2015 BMW Z4 GTE. Henry Hassid, Jesse Krohn and Andy Priaulx showed pace and some promise in the car on its race debut in Silverstone, and they’ll be looking to stand on the podium together for the first time at Imola.

Michael Bartholemy, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Team Principal

“It’s been a tough start to the season, but the podium for Tito in Jerez and Scott’s performance in the Jerez test immediately after the Spanish Grand Prix shows we’re back on track and ready to compete at the front once again. Le Mans is a track that all our riders like, and one at which we won in 2013 with Redding and in 2014 with Kallio, so we’re expecting a strong showing in France this weekend. There aren’t many motorsport teams with the capability of racing across four championships in three different countries on the same weekend, but the team aren’t heading to France, Germany and Italy just to race; we’re going there to fight for podium finishes. Now that is pretty unique, and a testament to Marc van der Straten’s passion and commitment to motorsport at the very highest levels.”

Bas Leinders, BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS Team Principal

“To see this team challenging for victory in four different races in one weekend is absolutely fantastic, and testament to the commitment of Marc van der Straten. We go into the 24 Hours of Nürburgring with a simple aim – to win the race. We’ve got unfinished business there. In Imola, I’m sure that we can build on the solid foundations laid at Silverstone, and aim for the podium. We’ll be very busy with two races at once, but I’m absolutely certain we’re prepared for it. We’ve got great strength in depth, and I’m excited to see that in action.”

Marc van der Straten, Marc VDS Racing Team Owner

“It’s a fantastic feeling to see the Marc VDS Racing Team so strong, and taking on all these races at once. Obviously, I’m very proud of the achievements of my team so far. This weekend presents an opportunity for us to go even further, and I’m really looking forward to it. My only problem was deciding which to attend… So in the end I’ll take some time in both Germany and France. It’s going to be an exciting few days!”

New Tyres For Dunlop World Moto3 Riders At Le Mans

• In Dunlop#ForeverForward League Fenati Holds Lead

The latest Dunlop tyres to make a race debut are tyres for the Moto3 category of the FIM World Moto Championships. The Soft ‘1’ and Medium ‘1’ rear tyres use the same construction as their predecessors but have a new compound that has been developed and tested over the last 18 months receiving final confirmation at a post-race test in Jerez last week. The Soft ‘1’ is stronger and has been designed to be a more attractive race option. Medium ‘1’ has more grip, more strength and a wider operating window. The new front tyre compounds remain the same but from Le Mans onwards the tyres will have a new size with a narrower and deeper profile which improves performance with better feedback and grip. The new additions to the Dunlop range will compete at the Le Mans Grand Prix on 17th May.

Le Mans is one of the most used tracks in the world and Dunlop had great success in the open tyre competition FIM Endurance World Championship at the track in April with all three class winners wearing the iconic yellow caps on the podium.

It is events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans that help Dunlop designers develop tyres to provide better durability and performance year after year, such as improving constructions and compounds, including the new Moto3 options.

Dunlop has allocated the softest tyres in the range for both classes. Moto2 will use the same Soft’ 1’ and Medium ’2’ options used in Jerez while Moto3 riders will have the choice of the soft and medium tyres for the front and the Soft ‘1’ and Medium ‘1’ for the rear.

Le Mans 2014 Highlights

The Le Mans 2014 Moto3 race was perhaps one of the best races of the entire year with Jack Miller taking victory. The top six finished within one second. Kallio’s win was his second of the year.

Fact: Six different riders broke six different records.

Simon Betney, International Event Manager, Dunlop Motorsport:

“Le Mans is one of the lowest energy tracks so we are giving the riders the option to choose the softest tyres available for this season. Even though it was very warm last year the majority of riders went for the softest options so it will be interesting to see if they like the softer-still 2015 variants. Our aim with the new Moto3 options is to make tyre choice much more difficult. The 2014 medium was versatile and well-loved so it riders would seldom choose anything else. The new medium is an improvement but the soft could give riders a whole new race strategy. While both retain grip levels through a race distance, the soft has a peak performance earlier in the race compared to the medium that can possibly bring an advantage towards the end. Hopefully we will see some exciting racing with varied strategies.”

Dunlop #ForeverForward League

Romano Fenati gained two places which helped maintain his lead in the league. Efren Vazquez moves into second courtesy of a 12 place gain but the biggest mover was Julian Simon who made a 19 place gain to catapult him into the top ten.

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