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Quarter-litre youngsters provide perfect prelude

Quarter-litre youngsters provide perfect prelude

Quarter-litre youngsters provide perfect prelude

Before the Donington crowd experience the thrills of motorcycling´s elite racers on state-of-the-art four-stroke prototype machinery in the MotoGP class on Sunday, they will be treated to the world´s finest young riders and the latest instalment in an intriguing 250cc season.

Although fourth place in the wet race at Assen last week was enough for 20 year old Manuel Poggiali to extend his championship advantage to 15 points over Roby Rolfo, fellow youngsters Toni Elias, Randy De Puniet, Fonsi Nieto and Anthony West, fresh on the back of his debut win, are all within striking distance of the series leader – as is unpredictable veteran Franco Battaini. With four different winners from just seven races so far this season, the 250 encounter promises to be another explosive affair which should not be missed.

Whilst none of the riders currently competing full-time in the 250cc class have previously won a Grand Prix in Britain, Elias has finished on the podium for the past two years at Donington; finishing second in the 125cc race in 2001 and in third place in the 250cc race last year. Meanwhile, team-mate Nieto set the fastest lap of the race last year on his way to finishing second after qualifying on pole position, and should be a strong contender this weekend as he guns for his first win of the season.

Nieto failed to finish the last round at Assen, as did Naoki Matsudo, meaning Rolfo is now the only rider in the class to have scored points in the first seven races of the season - a run he will look to continue at Donington as he aims to consolidate second place in the championship.

250cc, 2003, Cinzano British Grand Prix

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