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Consistency the key in 250 as Matsudo aims to fill promise

Consistency the key in 250 as Matsudo aims to fill promise

Consistency the key in 250 as Matsudo aims to fill promise

With the departure of dominating duo Daijiro Katoh and Tetsuya Harada to the MotoGP class, the 250 category is widely expected to be the most open in 2002. With several riders capable of taking victory, consistency is sure to be the key to a title challenge and Naoki Matsudo has picked up where he left off last season. In the first race of the season at Suzuka he took his tenth consecutive points scoring finish, a record matched only by Roberto Rolfo and Fonsi Nieto.

In a race dominated by wildcard riders in treacherous wet conditions, Matsudo guided his Yamaha home to sixth position. The Japanese rider himself finished on the podium at the same circuit as a wildcard in 1998 and, although he has failed to better that result in two seasons as a full time World Championship rider, he now boasts 23 top ten finishes. Matsudo will be confident of adding to that statistic and kick-starting a title challenge this weekend in South Africa, where he has taken ninth and tenth in the last two seasons.

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250cc, 2002

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