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125 World Championship sees new countries enter the history books in successive years

125 World Championship sees new countries enter the history books in successive years

125 World Championship sees new countries enter the history books in successive years

The 125cc World Championship has seen two countries enter in the title rankings in just two years. Arnaud Vincent´s historic triumph in 2002 made France the twelfth country to have produced a 125 World Champion, with San Marino having become the eleventh in the previous season thanks to Manuel Poggiali.

For many years the 125cc title had stayed on familiar shores, demonstrated by the fact that until Japan entered the fray with Kazuto Sakata in 1994, it had been a full 21 years since any other country had broken into the list, Kent Andersson taking the title for Sweden on a Yamaha by 24 points from Mortimer.

The ranking of 125 titles by country is headed by Italy with 22, followed by Spain with ten and both Great Britain and Japan on four.

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125cc, 2002

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