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Biography of a Champion - Manuel Poggiali

Biography of a Champion - Manuel Poggiali

Manuel Poggiali - 125cc World Champion

Birth date: 14/02/1983
Birth place: San Marino (RSM)

First Grand Prix: 1998 IMO 125cc
First Pole Position: 2001 POR 125cc
First Podium: 2000 NED 125cc
First GP Victory: 2001 FRA 125cc

Grand Prix Starts: 44
125cc Starts: 44

Grand Prix Victories: 3
125cc Victories: 3
2nd Placements: 4
3rd Placements: 5

Podium: 12
Pole Positions: 2
Race Fastest Lap: 0

World Championship Wins: 1
2001 125cc

Total Points (ongoing streak): 340


> Born February 14, 1983, in the Republic of San Marino. Son of Claudio and Antonella.

> He takes part in his first pocket-bike race in 1994 in the Regional Minibike Championship on board a Polini. The very same year he takes part in the Italian Junior ´B´ Minibike Championship with a Pasini, and finishes 5th overall. A year later he is second in the same Championship, is 11th in 1996 and becomes Champion in 1997 in the Senior ´A´ class.

> In 1998 he rides in the Italian 125 GP Championship, where he is Champion as part of the Honda Matteoni team. He also wins the RS125 Trophy, and wins two races in the European 125cc Championship: in France and the Czech Republic.


> 1998: World Championship debut at the 125cc Imola GP. Doesn´t start the race after breaking his collarbone in a crash during the second free practice.

> 1999: Aprilia Noccioli.
Final Championship position: 17th with 46 points

> 2000: Derbi. First ever podium comes at Assen.
Final Championship position: 16th with 53 points

> 2001: Gilera.
Final Championship position: 1st with 241 points
3 wins: France, Portugal and Valencia.

Other facts about Poggiali´s career:

+ Manuel Poggiali is the first rider from San Marino to win a world title in FIM Road Racing Grand Prix.

+ He is the third youngest rider in the 53-year history of the World Championship series to win a world title, after Loris Capirossi and Valentino Rossi.

+ This is the first world title in the 125cc class to be won by a Gilera rider.

125cc, 2001

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