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Poggiali unhappy despite extending title advantage

Poggiali unhappy despite extending title advantage

Poggiali unhappy despite extending title advantage

Manuel Poggiali's spell without a victory extended to five races at Brno on Sunday as the former 125cc World Champion finished third behind Randy De Puniet. However, sixth place for his closest current challenger Fonsi Nieto meant that the 20 year from San Marino actually increased his points advantage at the top of the standings to nine points with just six rounds to go. Even so, Poggiali still refuses to be drawn into title talk in his rookie quarter-litre season and was more interested in discussing his final lap skirmish with Toni Elias and randy De Puniet.

"The last lap was simply great but dangerous as well," reflected Poggiali, who was part of seven overtaking manoeuvres with the Frenchman and the Spaniard on that last lap. "I was searching for the victory but it's hard to get it if in the last lap you must be careful because the other riders treat you like a skittle! I believe Elias' behaviour was not correct and his passing was too extreme. We both risked crashing a couple of times. Anyway, I hope to get more points in the next races and to beat him at Estoril. Moreover I already know the Portuguese track as we tested there last winter. As always I do not want to say anything about the title because it is not my objective".

"I feel more relaxed now because after Sachsenring race I was a bit tired. I slept, had fun and training as well and now I feel ready for the final part of the season that is going to be very tough. After Portugal we will fly to Brazil, Japan, Malaysia and Australia and back to Spain, in Valencia. With so many things to do in a short time we must exploit the free time we usually have when we stay at home after each race so I will feel more relaxed. If I am able to concentrate then the next races will be easier to do."

250cc, 2003

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