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Melandri and the 2002 Championship : facts and figures

Melandri and the 2002 Championship : facts and figures

Melandri and the 2002 Championship : facts and figures

Marco Melandri, the new 250cc World Champion, won´t defend his title in 2003 as he will joined Yamaha to compete in the MotoGP class next year, but he left his mark in the history of the quarter litre class. With nine wins this year, he equalled the numbers of wins in one season by fellow italians Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi. During his three seasons in the class, he took ten wins to become the 7th winningest italian rider.

With those ten wins, he went ahead of John Kocinski among the most successful riders in the class. His rival Fonsi Nieto is only the 43rd most successful riders with four wins. In the ranking of the most succour riders in all classes, Melandri is 32nd, with 17 wins, just like recently retired Tetsuya Harada and Daijiro Kato.

This year, Melandri had a decisive role in the ranking by country, as the four italians racing in 250cc scored 778 points, ahead of Spain (702) and Japan (242).

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250cc, 2002, Marco Melandri

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