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Stefano Perugini: The return of the veteran

Stefano Perugini:  The return of the veteran

Stefano Perugini: The return of the veteran

From the complications of last weekend in Suzuka emerged the figure of Stefano Perugini, one of the veterans of the competition. Perugini, who this year rides for the Italian Abruzzo Racing team, started the race from fifth position and maintained a prominent role in the leading group, a position that was fought for until the last lap with countrymen Mirko Giansanti and Lucio Cecchinello and German Steve Jenkner.

Even though the 125s has been converted into a happy hunting ground for younger riders, many of them teenagers, the Skyy Vodka Grand Prix of Japan became a duel of the riders with more experience. From within this scrap the rapid Perugini rose to clinch the fourth victory of his career.

The 29 year old made his debut in the 1993 125 Grand Prix of Italy as a wild card. The next year he began his first full season steering an Aprilia gaining four podiums. It provided a glimpse of his talent. 1996 was a year of success. He won GPs in Malaysia, France y Great Britain. His victory at Donington Park closed a door that the Italian could not open again until last Sunday. In 1997 he moved to the 250 category with Aprilia and completed the next two years with Honda. After three consecutive seasons in the quarter-litre class he managed 32 top ten appearances and made the podium on three occasions.

After a year break, he returned to the World Championships in 2001, riding the new 125 for the Italjet team and last year continued with the squad. During the pre-season Perugini signed for Abruzzo, a line-up with experience, advised by Giordano Cerigioni, who triumphed in the class with Kazuto Sakata. He rides a kitted Aprilia. Now he is back to his winning ways and is currently savouring once more the sweet taste of success.

125cc, 2003

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