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The three 2002 World Champions

The three 2002 World Champions

The three 2002 World Champions

The three 2002 World Champions stayed on in Valencia for the now traditional post-season photograph session. The image shows the protagonists of all three categories enjoying the end of a long Grand Prix season.

MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi was the first man to clinch his title. He retained the premier-class crown at round 12 in Brazil. The Italian dominated the first year of the new four-stroke era in the MotoGP class aboard his Honda RC211V, taking eleven wins and four second places.

Marco Melandri was crowned World Champion for the first time in 2002 as he guided his Aprilia RSW to the 250 title. The Ravenna-born rider also dominated his category with nine victories, including the final race of the season at Valencia this weekend. He clinched the title one round earlier in Australia.

In the 125cc class Arnaud Vincent became the third and final World Champion of the season in Valencia as he defeated 2001 World Champion Manuel Poggiali by nineteen points, the closest points gap of all classes. The Aprilia rider also became the first Frenchman to win the 125cc World Championship.

MotoGP, 2002, Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

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