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The 2002 season ends in typically unfortunate style for Sabbatani

The 2002 season ends in typically unfortunate style for Sabbatani

The 2002 season ends in typically unfortunate style for Sabbatani

Max Sabbatani returned to Italy last week hoping a season dogged by bad luck and injury was finally behind him. Unfortunately for the pint-sized pilot, fate had one final twist in store and shortly after his arrival home he fell off his quad and broke his arm.

It brings to and end a year to forget for the 27 year old Italian, who achieved his lowest ever result in the 125cc World Championship with 17 points and 25th place in the final standings. In 1999 he had finished nineteenth and in 2000 he was 22nd, whilst his best season came with thirteenth in 2001 after swapping his Honda for an Aprilia.

The 2002 season got off to a reasonable start, with points in each of the first four races before a nasty crash at Mugello that left him with an open break in his leg, which had become caught up in the spokes of his wheel. Just after his return to action later in the season Sabbatani was dropped by his team and finished off the championship riding a bike lent to him by Simone Sanna.

Just when it seemed like he could begin to plan ahead, the Italian suffered his latest setback. ´I was playing about on the quad in front of my house, probably going a little too fast,´ he explains. `I flipped it over and landed badly on my elbow.´ Sabbatani had an operation on the break last week and is currently recovering at home.

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125cc, 2002

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