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Arnaud Vincent, en route to the top?

Arnaud Vincent, en route to the top?

Arnaud Vincent, en route to the top?

Returning to the Aprilia stable for the 2002 season after an unsuccessful spell with Honda, Arnaud Vincent has begun this campaign with a bang, and currently sits at the top of the championship table, 4 points clear of reigning World Champion, Manuel Poggiali. The Frenchman has surprised everyone with his fast start, with the Nancy born rider having previously swung from the good to the distinctly average in his four year stay in the 125 class.

Vincent found his true vocation quite late, at twenty he was still a mechanic and motocross fanatic, however once he had been initiated to the tarmac, he dedicated himself to his new passion. He served his apprenticeship competing in the French Championship, and made his mark in 1997 when he collected both the French and European 125 titles. On the back of these successes he was given a ride on an Aprilia in the 125 World Championship. His first season on the world stage ended in a solid 12th place finish, and he continued to progress the following campaign, taking his first career pole. Before the 1999 season had reached its halfway point, Vincent had claimed his maiden GP victory and went on to finish a respectable seventh overall. In 2000, his championship aspirations were hampered by a bike which didn´t suit his style, and the Frenchman was unable to improve on his previous term´s efforts, once again finishing seventh, although adding another victory to his record, this time in South Africa. After three seasons with the Italian factory, Vincent decided to head to Honda, results however were not as he had hoped.

This year, following a victory in Suzuka and a second place in Welkom, Arnaud Vincent has put himself amongst the championship contenders. However the experienced 27 year-old knows that there is a long way to go yet. ´There are still fourteen races left, and I´ve got to take each one as it comes. My aim is to have fun riding the bike, and to continue giving my all´.

Tags:
125cc, 2002, Africa's Grand Prix

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