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Arnaud Vincent scores opening day success for second time

Arnaud Vincent scores opening day success for second time

Arnaud Vincent scores opening day success for second time

Frenchman, Arnaud Vincent, claimed victory in the first 125 race of the new season in the wet at Suzuka last weekend, and in doing so scored the second opening round win of his career. The WWC Aprilia rider kept his nerve to win the 2002 SKYY Vodka Grand Prix of Japan in a race heavily influenced by the conditions, which ultimately meant that only 19 of the 37-strong field made it to the chequered flag.

Vincent´s win was the third of his World Championship career since debuting in 1996, and the first time he has found himself on the top step of the podium since the South African Grand Prix in 2000. Strangely enough that success also came in the opening round of the season, and once again it was Italian rider, Mirko Giansanti, who finished second in Suzuka on Sunday, that Vincent led home. In the 2000 season the 27 year-old Frenchman came 7th in the World Championship, his joint best championship finish, which he had also achieved the year previously. It was in that 1999 campaign that Vincent scored his first ever Grand Prix success when he won in Catalunya.

By winning at Suzuka, Vincent has also continued his good form from the end of last term, when in the final race of the season in Rio, Brazil he claimed the ninth podium of his career by finishing 3rd. With the tenth now under his belt, the Nancy-based rider will be hoping to build on his good start and launch a genuine title push in what looks to be once again a very open and exciting 125cc championship.

125cc, 2002, SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan

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