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Manuel Poggiali sticking to a work ethic

Manuel Poggiali sticking to a work ethic

Manuel Poggiali sticking to a work ethic

Manuel Poggiali arrives in Estoril this weekend with a slim advantage at the top of the rider standings and his series lead under serious threat. The San Marino star has failed to make the podium since Donington Park and has not won since Catalunya back in June. With Arnaud Vincent and Dani Pedrosa showing consistent form in the same period, the 125 title chase is now an open battle, but the reigning World Champion remains unflustered.

`I am not worried by the other riders,´ he says. `For the moment I am in first position in the championship and this is the important thing. For the last few races the engine has not been so good but some new parts have arrived for this weekend and I am happy that they will make a difference.´

Poggiali could be expected to take confidence from a breathtaking performance here last year which saw him take victory by 0.011 seconds from Youichi Ui. The level-headed youngster, though, believes in a much more traditional ethic. `Last year is last year and this year is this year, although obviously the same result would be very good. This year I am World Champion but it has been just as tough this season as any other. I think the last few races will be decided by hard work. The team who works hardest will win the title.´

125cc, 2002, Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal

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