Nevertheless, Gas Gas closes its year-end's balance with what could bedefined as an inflection point to the negative tendency that it has been draggingon during the last years.
There has been a lot of hard work in all aspects: new designs, models'updating, shortening the spare parts shipping term and reducing theguarantees' response time, which have also decreased significantly.
The Company's short time debt has been restructured with the bankingpool to defer the repayment in a longer term.
The Racing Team has also been reorganized. The signing up of newlead riders has come together with the reinforcement of the former team'sphilosophy and basis, as well as its internal management.
The Company has been internally organized so as to focus on efficiency,quality and customer service.
Suppliers' payment has also been regularised. In fact, with some of them,our business relation is now closer than ever.
Apart from all this, the Company has open up and developed the foreignmarket.
This whole set of measures brought us a sales increase of 32% between 2009and 2010, as well as a noticeable improvent in terms of cost-effectiveness.
This is why in the name of the Company I must thank, customers, dealers,partners, employees, riders and close related people because your supportduring this years has let us keep in good condition to race, to offer betterproducts and to provide our customers with a better service.
Although having dealt with the complicated 2010 with fairly hopeful results, weneed to keep in this direction; maintaining the same effort and showing morepassion and professionalism than ever.
There are still many projects to be carried out in the areas of productdevelopment, customers' service improvement, professionalization of our racingteam and our internal management.
I'm sure that this year we will have to face new problems, new challenges, andall of them in a basically complicated market context. However, I'm also positivethat if we work with the same intensity, determination and the team commitmentthat brought us so far, 2011 will make us even stronger.
You can be completely sure that both the shareholders, Vector Capital andIngenia, and myself will work hard to put this brand again where it belongs.Some day, maybe before than some would imagine, you might be proud ofhaving taken part in a project like this, and of having worked for a company likeGas Gas.
I ask you all to work together in this direction. There's no time to rest right now,we have everything to be done, and everything to be won…