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Latest news direct from the Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

Latest news direct from the Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

> Manuel Poggiali will continue to ride for Gilera after having renewed his contract with the team managed by Giampiero Sacchi. The San Marino rider had received a good offer from Aprilia, but eventually he has signed for continuity, as he remains with the same team he has been with since last year and also as he maintains his position as the face of the Piaggio group. Along with this, Youichi Ui has still now renewed the contract which ties him to Derbi.

> Klaus Nöhles will leave the MS Aprilia Racing Germany team managed by Dieter Stappert which he has raced for since last year. The reason for the young German missing out next year has been his poor return, having just taken 25 points and being in 18th place in the 250cc overall standings. Nöhles was initially under consideration for a place as an official Aprilia rider, with a status similar to that of Melandri and Harada, but has been unable to fulfil the expectation created around him.

> Some riders and their teams demonstrated their solidarity after the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11. HRC riders will be wearing a symbolic black armband and others, such as Roberto Locatelli have put a US flag on their bike´s windshield. On Sunday, there will be one minute´s silence in memoriam of the victims of the attacks in New York and Washington.

> Toni Elías has risen to hero status in Spain as he prepares for his third race on home soil. The main entrance to the Ricardo Tormo circuit is overlooked by a huge cut-out of the 125cc World Championship leader, and the thousands of fans who attended today´s qualifying sessions cheered their idol all the way to provisional pole position, waving flags and signs of support.

250cc, 2001, Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana, QP1

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