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Consistent ´Fonsi´ finding the recipe for success

Consistent ´Fonsi´ finding the recipe for success

Consistent ´Fonsi´ finding the recipe for success

Following the departures of Daijiro Kato and Tetsuya Harada to the MotoGP category after their dominance of the quarter-litre class last season, the 250 title race always looked like being a wide open affair this term. Thus it has proved so far, with the top eight riders in the standings being separated by just 40 points. It seems clear that the key to the championship will be consistency, and current leader, Fonsi Nieto, is setting the standard.

Nieto, one of only five riders to have scored in every race this season, is on an incredibly consistent run of results which stretches back to the South African Grand Prix last year. During that time, a period of some 20 races, the twenty-three year old has picked up points at every meeting, with the exception of the Dutch TT at Assen last year, which he did not start due to injury. More notably still, he has gone on to finish in the top six in sixteen of those twenty races.

This term, the Telefonica Movistar Repsol YPF rider has moved up a level in his performances, claiming his maiden GP win at the Gran Premio Marlboro de Espana in Jerez, and following it up with victory in Le Mans two weeks later. Indeed Fonsi has now finished on the podium in all of his last four races, and the excellent string of results can be traced back to his exceptional performances in qualifying. For the last thirteen consecutive races, Nieto has started from one of the top six grid positions, including four times from pole.

This weekend sees the Spanish rider back in front of his home fans for the GP of Catalunya at the Montmelo circuit, and Fonsi is relishing the occasion. ´I´m really looking forward to racing here in Barcelona in front of our home crowd. Montmelo is a circuit that I really like, although after the Formula One cars have been here it can be a little bumpy. This is only the sixth round of the season and there are still 250 points on offer after this race. That means that there is still a lot of work to be done, and we have got to really focus on maintaining our level of performance and competitiveness´.

250cc, 2002

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