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Poggiali smashes several records and hopes for more success in Welkom

Poggiali smashes several records and hopes for more success in Welkom

Poggiali smashes several records and hopes for more success in Welkom

Manuel Poggiali´s excellent 250cc debut win in Suzuka, after starting from the sixth row of the grid, was not only a significant event for the 20 year old but also one in the history of 250cc racing.

The former 125cc World Champion was the first rider since Jimmy Filice to win on his 250cc GP debut outing. Filice triumphed during 1988 in the US GP held at Laguna Seca.

The MS Aprilia man´s victory represented the first time since 1992 that a rider qualifying outside of the top ten managed to take the chequered flag. The last distinction was earned by Luca Cadalora, riding a Honda and starting from 19th on the grid, coincidentally also at the Suzuka circuit.

Poggiali´s starting position of 23rd is quite some distance to recover but the worst qualifying status to eventually lead onto a 250 GP win belongs to Britain´s Alan Carter who won the Grand Prix of France back in 1983 after push-starting his bike from 31st spot at Le Mans.

Carter also heads the list of the youngest ever rider to clinch a 250 GP at 18 years 227 days thanks to that achievement in France. Poggiali´s performance two weeks ago places him sixth in the standings behind Toni Elias.
Last but not least, Poggiali´s also became the first 250cc GP winner to originate from San Marino.

Going into South Africa, the Welkom circuit is a favourable one for Poggiali after he won the 125cc GP in 2001 and also set the lap record at the venue last season.

Tags:
250cc, 2003, Arnette Africa's Grand Prix

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