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Gilera make official presentation of Poggiali and new Team Italia in Terni

Gilera make official presentation of Poggiali and new Team Italia in Terni

Gilera make official presentation of Poggiali and new Team Italia in Terni

Italian manufacturers Gilera, who won the 2001 125cc World Championship with their 18 year-old San Marino-born rider Manuel Poggiali, today unveiled their 2002 set-up at a sparkling presentation in Terni, Italy. Alongside Poggiali this year will be a new venture run by the Italian Motorcycle Federation in conjunction with Gilera, the Team Italia structure. Two young Italian riders, Mattia Angeloni and Michel Fabrizio will have the opportunity to show their talent on the World stage after having impressed at lower levels of the sport.

In the presence of Stefano Rosselli del Turco, Director of the Piaggio umbrella group which owns Gilera, as well as other dignitaries from the region and the sport, the three bikes had dust-covers whisked off amid clouds of smoke and lights. The occasion was not lost on the crowd that had gathered in the local cinema where the ceremony was taking place, especially as the event coincided with a weekend-long homage to ex-World Champion Libero Liberati, a native of Terni who died almost 40 years to the day.

The Gilera presentation was followed by the showing of a film made in Liberati's honour, detailing the life of Terni's hero in his 500cc Championship winning 1957 season, the Italian manufacturer's last Championship win. Elsewhere in the town, Mr. Rosselli del Turco was receiving the presitigious San Valentino d'Oro award on behalf of the Piaggio factory, while the Motoclub Terni honoured all those past and present with a dinner on the outskirts of the town in the evening.

Sunday sees Poggiali take a ride through the old street circuit, 'dell'Accaio', alongside the bike on which Liberati won the World Championship. Previous to this he will have visited Liberati's monument, along with his Terni-born Team Manager Giampiero Sacchi, to lay a wreath at its base as a mark of respect.

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125cc, 2001

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