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Lucio Cecchinello, the Italian veteran has lost none of desire to win

Lucio Cecchinello, the Italian veteran has lost none of desire to win

Lucio Cecchinello, the Italian veteran has lost none of desire to win

Lucio Ceechinello yesterday claimed a hard-fought victory at the circuit of Jerez, and once again demonstrated that even at 32 years of 32 he has lost none of his enthusiasm, fight or ability to win races in a category which has increasingly become the battleground of youngsters around half his age.

The veteran Venecian rider once again proved his liking for Spanish racetracks. He also made it on to the podium in Jerez last year, taking second place venid Masao Azuma, and he went on to secure his only win of the season at the Circuit of Catalunya. Statistics lovers will also remember that his first ever trip to the 125 podium came when he recorded a victory at the Spanish circuit of Jarama in 1998.

The amicable Italian, one of the most respected and popular men in the paddock, has spent his entire Grand Prix career competing in MotoGP´s smallest class having made his debut in 1993. After a short spell away from the World Championship, he returned in 1996 and since then has won three races finished in the podium places on 12 occasions. Team Manager as well as rider for the Safilo Oxydo Race LCR team, Cecchinello also has the job of naturing some of MotoGP´s hottest young talent. This season, Australian Casey Stoner is racing for the set-up in the 250 class, and Cecchinello´s team-mate in the 125s is Sam Marinese rider Alex de Angelis. Despite the workload of his dual role, Lucio has clearly lost none of his appetite to ride and compete, and at least for one more season he will be going all out to claim the World Championship crown.

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

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