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Poggiali and Dainese clash over boot problem

Poggiali and Dainese clash over boot problem

Poggiali and Dainese clash over boot problem

Manuel Poggialis problematic opening half of his title defence reached farcical new heights on Sunday, when he blamed a hole in his boot for crashing out of the Veltins Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

Poggiali claimed that the gear lever of his Aprilia RSW got caught in the hole of his boot and forced him to run off track, prompting an immediate response from his equipment suppliers Dainese, who said the problem was due to excessive use, rather than poor quality.

I was going through the left-hander up the hill and wanted to change down from fourth to third when the gear-shifter got hooked inside a hole in my left boot, explained Poggiali after the race.

There was nothing I could do because it is quite a fast corner. Before I knew it I was running across the gravel. It was quite a scary moment because the barrier was coming quite fast and I had to virtually throw myself off the side of my bike.

Dainese blamed Poggialis superstitious nature for the incident, claiming that the 250cc World Champion refuses to swap the boots he has been wearing since the start of the season despite four crashes previous to his Sachsenring spill.

Sometimes superstition can deal a bad hand to the riders, said a statement released by the Italian company. That is what happened to Manuel Poggiali. The habit of always wearing the same pair of boots has backfired on the World Champion from San Marino.

Despite having at least four complete sets of material as with all the Dainese riders for the GP at Sachsenring, the rider decided to wear the same boots he has been wearing since the first Grand Prix.

Poggialis boots are made from the same materials as those of the MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi, who both expose their materials to much more extreme conditions than the 250cc riders.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, VELTINS MOTORRAD GP DEUTSCHLAND

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