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Dunlop recovers podium dominance

Dunlop recovers podium dominance

Dunlop recovers podium dominance

Dunlop took the top three podium places at Welkom to recover their dominance of the quarter-litre class in recent years. Manuel Poggiali, Randy de Puniet and Franco Battaini were all on Dunlop tyres in South Africa, where Poggiali extended the tyre manufacturers´ run of consecutive victories to 108 in the 250cc World Championship.

All the full time riders in the class use Dunlop, but in the opening round at Suzuka their monopoly was threatened by wildcard riders Hiroshi Aoyama and Yuki Takahashi, who both took podium finishes using Bridgestone rubber. This was the first time a non-Dunlop rider had made the 250 podium since the same race one year previously, when Daisuke Sakai rode to second on Bridgestone behind fellow wildcard Osamu Miyazaki – who continued the winning streak for Dunlop.

$$$ Poggiali has since defended the short-term future of the record, which stretches back to 1996, when Max Biaggi took victory in the opening round at Suzuka. The Italian won the title that season and repeated his feat one year later and, naturally, Dunlop have taken every title since, with Capirossi (1998), Rossi (1999), Jacque (2000), Kato (2001) and Melandri (2002). Dunlop will bring their tally to 110 straight wins later this month with victory in the Grand Prix de France at Le Mans.

250cc, 2003

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