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Poggiali sends out warning to the new 125 generation

Poggiali sends out warning to the new 125 generation

Poggiali sends out warning to the new 125 generation

125cc World Champion Manuel Poggiali was straight back on the pace in the first IRTA tests of the season in Valencia last week, and there was further bad news for his title challengers. The nineteen year old from San Marino revealed that Gilera are testing upgrades for what was already regarded as the most complete package on the 125 grid.

'It feels more and more like my own bike every time I ride it and I am very comfortable with it,' he said. 'We are making a few changes for this season, mainly with the suspension and engine parts, so hopefully we can improve on last year's package. In Valencia we tried a new chassis but I didn't like it so much and set my fastest time when we went back to the old one.'

Poggiali was second quickest behind veteran Italian Lucio Cecchinello and is widely regarded as the man to beat in the minor class in 2002. However, the modest youngster insists that this season will be as tough and as unpredictable as any other.

'It will be just as difficult as last season and there will be many people fighting for the title,' he said. 'The 125 class is a great breeding ground for young talent and that is the way it should be. There are a lot of good riders coming through and it will be very difficult to hold them all off. My goal is just to make a good season and to try my best. We will have to wait and see what happens.'

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125cc, 2001

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