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Melandri wraps up successful season with another win

Melandri wraps up successful season with another win

Melandri wraps up successful season with another win

Newly-crowned World Champion Marco Melandri signed off from the 250cc category with a ninth win of the season as the eagerly anticipated head to head between local pair Fonsi Nieto and Toni Elias failed to materialise. Melandri got a clean start from pole position and was chased by the Spanish team-mates over the opening laps before Nieto crashed out and Elias was swallowed up by the chasing pack as he suffered mechanical trouble. Honda pair Roberto Rolfo and Emilio Alzamora took advantage to seal the remaining two podium positions, with Alzamora foiled in an attack for second place on the final lap.

Frenchman Randy de Puniet took fourth ahead of Roberto Locatelli and David Checa, who took his best result of the year with sixth. Sebastian Porto was forced to retire due to a mechanical problem on the second lap, when he was running in fourth.

Tags:
250cc, 2002, Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

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