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Debut podium joy for De Angelis

Debut podium joy for De Angelis

Debut podium joy for De Angelis

Alex De Angelis confirmed his growing potential in the 250cc World Championship with the first podium of his quarter-litre career at the Sachsenring on Sunday. The 20 year old factory Aprilia rider rode a controlled race to take third place from Randy De Puniet on the sixth lap and then emerge at the front of an intense group battle which also involved Roby Rolfo, Toni Elías and Hiroshi Aoyama and went all the way to the last lap.

"I am very happy - I knew it was going to come down to the last lap with De Puniet because we had been together for almost the whole race," commented De Angelis, who lies sixth in the championship but is now only three points behind Fonsi Nieto in fifth and six behind Elías in fourth.

"My plan was to pass him at the bottom of the hill because I'd noticed he was running a wide line through that corner. I have never studied another rider so much to weigh up the best place to overtake.

"I have to say a big thanks to my team and particularly to Gianni Sandi. There is nothing he doesn't know about the RSW and his experience has been a big help for me.

"The bike was very fast. As soon as I arrived at the circuit I felt good and practice and qualifying went very well. The race wasn't easy. I decided to use the old frame because it seemed to work better for this track, and I gambled a bit with the tyre choice because I used a hard compound which I'd not tried all weekend. I am very happy and hope I can continue in this way."

Tags:
250cc, 2004, CINZANO BRITISH GRAND PRIX

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