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Aprilia look to extend unbeaten run in Holland

Aprilia look to extend unbeaten run in Holland

Aprilia look to extend unbeaten run in Holland

Randy de Puniet´s victory at Catalunya two weeks ago stretched Aprilia´s unbeaten run in the quarter-litre class to 10 races. The winning streak matches their effort from last year, before Sebastián Porto spoiled the party with victory on his Yamaha at Rio – one of only two non-Aprilia wins in the past 22 races. The other was the first round of the 2002 season at Suzuka, where wildcard Osamu Miyasaki, also riding a Yamaha, streaked to victory in wet conditions.

The last time the Noale factory dominated the class in such fashion was in 1998, when Loris Capirossi, Valentino Rossi and Tetsuya Harada all rode Aprilia machinery and took thirteen straight wins between them. In the last fifteen years only Honda have been able to come near such supremacy, setting ten consecutive wins in the 1989 season. Meanwhile, Yamaha´s best effort came in 1973/74, when they took twelve in a row. However, neither of these winning runs matches the 250cc category record, set by Honda with 19 between 1961 and 1962.

De Puniet´s first ever win was also Aprilia´s 149th in the World Championship and the Italian factory arrive in Holland this weekend looking to make it 150. It could happen in the first race of the day, as a group of Aprilia riders challenge for victory in the 125cc event. However, with four Aprilia riders occupying the top four slots in the 250cc standings there is a more than capable back-up plan should they fail. With nine victories already this season in both classes, Aprilia are also on course to top their total of 22 from last season, 14 of which came in the quarter-litre class.

250cc, 2003

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