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Cecchinello backing team-mate De Angelis to shine

Cecchinello backing team-mate De Angelis to shine

Cecchinello backing team-mate De Angelis to shine

Alex De Angelis has been one of the protagonists of the 125 class this season, and yet a glance at the championship standings shows him down in thirteenth place. The 18 year-old rider from San Marino seems to have been in thick of the action throughout the opening races of the year, especially in Jerez after his infamous coming together with Manuel Poggiali, and yet he only has a sixth place finish in South Africa, and a seventh last weekend in Mugello to show for his efforts.

De Angelis is another of the young veterans of the 125 category. Despite his tender years, the Rimini-born rider has already clocked up some 38 Grand Prix appearances having made his debut back in Imola in 1999. Last term De Angelis rode for the Matteoni Racing outfit aboard a Honda, and although he was eventually to finish 14th overall in the Championship standings, he showed enough to convince his now manager, and team-mate, Lucio Cecchinello to give him a ride aboard the Aprilia at his Safilo Oxido LCR set-up.

´I chose him because last year he made a very good impression on me riding what was not a very fast Honda, and he got some good results. He was very aggressive, but also very professional in his riding, and I thought he would be an excellent choice for the team this season´, stated Cecchinello. ´I´m happy to see him going so fast this year, and to be honest I expected it because he was excellent throughout the pre-season for us.´

´I believe he is definitely ready to start challenging to win races now. He was very disappointed after the race in Mugello because he didn´t make it on to the podium after he touched with Ui on the last lap. After the falls he had in Jerez and Le Mans though, he really wanted to make sure he finished and scored some championship points. I am convinced that he will get on to the podium a few times this season as he definitely has the ability.´

Cecchinello went on to add, ´As his manager, but also his team-mate, I am always open to give him all the advice I can. I try to offer my experience as a rider to him, and help him when he has problems with his bike, or when he has questions for me. He is still quite young, but I think he has a very great future ahead of him as a rider.´

125cc, 2002

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