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Melandri, the best CV of the 250 championship hopefuls

Melandri, the best CV of the 250 championship hopefuls

Melandri, the best CV of the 250 championship hopefuls

Whatever happens on Sunday, it will be the first trip to the top step of the podium in Jerez for the winner of the quarter-litre class race. None of the riders currently competing in the category have previously been victorious in the 250s at the Andalusian circuit, and only Italian Marco Melandri has actually visited the podium there, that coming last year when he finished third. The Italian also still remains the only man to have won a 250 Grand Prix, after following up his victory in Germany last year with success at Welkom last time out. In the first round of the championship in Suzuka, Japanese wildcard Osamu Miyazaki triumphed.

The 250 class has this season developed into a battleground where the majority of the championship hopefuls are still in the process of constructing their championship CVs. However, there are riders in the field who have won in Jerez in the past, when competing in other categories. Haruchika Aoki for example won there in both 1995 and 1996 when riding in the 125 class, years in which he went on to be crowned World Champion. Emilio Alzamora has also been victorious in Jerez at 125 level. That win came in the 2000 season, although he did make it on to the third step of the podium the year before in his 125 title winning campaign. Melandri as well has been on the Andalusian podium when racing in the 125s, he came in third in 1998, the same as Roberto Locatelli managed in 2000.

Apart from the podium Melandri claimed, the best finishes in the 250 class at Jerez from other competitors in the field came last year as well. A then emerging Fonsi Nieto took fifth, and immediately behind him were Alzamora, Roberto Rolfo, Locatelli and Franco Battaini.

250cc, 2002, Gran Premio Marlboro de España, Marco Melandri

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