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Bianco will cease to be the youngest ever championship rider on Sunday

Bianco will cease to be the youngest ever championship rider on Sunday

Bianco will cease to be the youngest ever championship rider on Sunday

On Sunday at the circuit of Jerez, Italian rider, Stefano Bianco, will lose his record of being the youngest competitor ever to ride in a Grand Prix. Bianco rode in his first GP at Philip Island in 2000 when just 15 years and 2 days of age. Next in the list of youngest debutants is Marco Melandri who first took to the Grand Prix asphalt in Brno in 1997 when some 22 days older than Bianco, and third is Leon Haslam who rode at Donington some 35 days after his fifteenth birthday.

This Saturday, Jorge Lorenzo celebrates his fifteenth birthday and the following day will overtake Bianco as the youngest ever debutant. Regulations stipulate that the minimum age of a rider is fifteen years, but the young Spaniard has received special dispensation to be able to perform on the first day of qualifying in Jerez on Friday. All of which means that Lorenzo´s record can now only be beaten by a rider who races on the day of his fifteenth birthday.

Mallorcan Lorenzo can also beat another record, the youngest rider to score World Championship points.That record is currently held by the now sadly departed Venezuelan rider, Ivan Palazzese. He scored his first championship points after finishing third in his home Grand Prix in 1977, which Spaniard Angel Nieto won. Palazzese was just 15 years and 77 days at the time. This means that Lorenzo will have some 70 days from this Sunday´s race to score his first points, his last opportunity to do so will be the Cinzano Grand Prix of Great Britain which takes place on July 14th.

Tags:
125cc, 2002, Gran Premio Marlboro de España, Stefano Bianco

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