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Consistency, key to the fight for the title

Consistency, key to the fight for the title

Consistency, key to the fight for the title

125 World reigning champion Manuel Poggiali has displayed an impressive consistency in his title defence : so far, he stepped on the podium in every Grand Prix he finished. The only round in which he failed to score was the Gran Premio Marlboro de Espana, as he was disqualified after being involved in an incident with his fellow San Marino rider Alex de Angelis.

Since the start of the 2002 season, Poggiali clinched three victories (Welkom, Mugello and Catalunya), two seconds places (Le Mans and Assen) and a third place (Suzuka) and now have 131 points. Last year, after the seven first races of the season, Poggiali had clocked 88 points, after posting a victory, a second place and two third places. The Gilera rider was also leading the World Championship, but back then, he only had a 10 points lead over Elias, Borsoi and Azuma.

In the second spot of the provisional classification, lies Daniel Pedrosa ; after clinching a career first win at Assen, he´s now 20 points behind Poggiali. Sheer consistency also seems to be one of Pedrosa´s assets, as he´s the only rider, with Arnaud Vincent, to have scored points in every round so far this season.

Before his win in Assen, the Spaniard finished second in Catalunya, clinched two third places (Welkom and Le Mans), two fourth places (Jerez and Mugello) and finished in eighth position in Suzuka.

125cc, 2002

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