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Crunch time for Poggiali in Japan

Crunch time for Poggiali in Japan

Crunch time for Poggiali in Japan

Arnaud Vincent has hit top form at the right time as he closes down on the 125cc World Championship title, and the Frenchman is looking to maintain his rich streak in Motegi this weekend. Riding the Aprilia, Vincent has won three of the last five races and finished on the podium in the other two. He leads current World Champion Manuel Poggiali by 27 points and it´s crunch time for the Gilera rider, who has not won a Grand Prix since June.

Also out to impress the Japanese crowd will be home riders Masao Azuma and Nobby Ueda. Azuma took his first victory of the season in Brazil two weeks ago and is known to lift his game on home territory, as is his fellow Honda rider, who has not won since Mugello in 2001. Ueda is still recovering from injuries sustained at the Italian circuit earlier this season but should be approaching full fitness in time for the second Grand Prix on Japanese turf in 2002.

Sixteen-year-old Spaniard Daniel Pedrosa crashed in Rio but is still a comfortable third in the championship and will be looking to consolidate his position on Sunday, with a 34 point advantage over Italian veteran Lucio Cecchinello.

125cc, 2002

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