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Oliver Liégeois looking to bring through French talent

Oliver Liégeois looking to bring through French talent

Oliver Liégeois looking to bring through French talent

With Arnaud Vincent´s performance in the 2002 season, which resulted in him becoming the first French 125cc World Champion in the history of the sport, it is easy to imagine that the 27 year old will be the focus of attention for racing fans in his home country for the next few years. However, a surprise new French talent emerged in the Spanish Championship at Valencia by the name of Mike di Meglio.

After taking the 125cc French Championship title and finishing third in the 125 Open already this year, 14 year old Di Meglio was snapped up by Olivier Liégeois to contest the penultimate round of the CEV Fortuna series at Valencia, where he finished third behind top World Championship riders Héctor Barberá and Gabor Talmacsi.

'We organised a testing session with him at the Carole circuit, in France,´ explains Liégeois, who ran Masao Azuma in this year´s 125cc World Championship. `I was very impressed, as he reminded me of a young Marco Melandri, by his cleverness and the way he works. So we decided to field him in the Spanish Championship, in Valencia, to find out how he would perform against riders who are used to World Championship racing. He raced with the same bike as Azuma, only the tyres were different, so it was a big surprise to see him lap as quick as Azuma during the GP practice! He will be 15 in January, and he should be racing in Grand Prix next year´.

Tags:
125cc, 2002, Joan Olive

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