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Vincent makes a stylish comeback
Since clinching a third career victory on the season opening round in Suzuka (Japan), Arnaud Vincent had highs and lows. After his first win of the year, he proved to be a genuine title contender against world reigning champion Manuel Poggiali, as he took two top 3 finishes in a row. Plagued by technical issues, he then had a dip in form that only saw him getting back within the front runners a fortnight ago, in Assen, where he´d narrowly missed the rostrum.
This second win claimed at Donington Park at the half mark of the season means that Vincent will be one of the men to watch until the end of the campaign. Indeed, this victory allow him to make up ground behind Dani Pedrosa, 2nd in the World Championship standings behind Poggiali and 3 points ahead of Vincent. Qualified in 16th, Vincent raced hard to join quickly the leading group before overtaking Poggiali, Pedrosa and Cecchinello, his rivals in the crown battle. This success has also allowed him to make his point : ´I have never lost confidence in myself nor in my team´ said the Nancy-born rider.
With eight rounds to go and lying 19 points behind Poggiali, Vincent relishes this challenge, even if he wants to keep his feet on the ground, as always. For him, the next step will be to go for it once more before the summer break, as soon as the next weekend in Germany, on the Sachsenring, host track of the Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. ´I have already been on the podium there ; that´s where I took my first career podium in 1998, and hopefully, I will be as strong there as I have been today´ said Vincent, after taking one of his most brilliant GP win.
15 years ago
15 years ago