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Aprilia seal constructors' title in Rio

Aprilia seal constructors' title in Rio

Aprilia seal constructors' title in Rio

Like Honda in the MotoGP category, Aprilia clocked up 295 points at the Cinzano Rio Grand Prix on Saturday and sealed the constructors' title in the 250cc World Championship. Manuel Poggiali's victory at the Nelson Piquet circuit was the Italian factory's eleventh from twelve races so far this season, with only Honda rider Roby Rolfo having been able to break their hegemony, and was enough to successfully defend the crown they lifted last season thanks largely to Marco Melandri and Fonsi Nieto.

It is Aprilia's fifth constructors' title in the quarter-litre class, a series they have dominated in recent years with 25 victories since the start of last season taking their total tally to 92. The Noale firm are now ahead of Kawasaki in the all-time 250cc constructors' ranking, equal with MV Agusta but trailing Japanese factories Honda and Yamaha, who have 17 and 14 titles respectively.

Jan Witteveen, Technical Director for Aprilia Racing, was delighted with the factory's latest success. "This is a fantastic day for us," said Witteveen after Saturday's race. "I would like to say thanks to all the people who have contributed to what is an historic achievement – with four rounds remaining and up against the quality of a rival such as Honda."

250cc, 2003

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