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Manuel Poggiali to make 100th Grand Prix start

Manuel Poggiali to make 100th Grand Prix start

Manuel Poggiali to make 100th Grand Prix start

Double world champion Manuel Poggiali, who is still just 22 years of age, is scheduled to make his 100th Grand Prix start at the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky. Below are some of the defining moments of Poggiali's Grand Prix career thus far:

> Poggiali made an unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the Imola Grand Prix in 1998 when aged 15. After crashing twice during qualifying, his weekend ended prematurely with a broken collarbone.

> He became a full-time Grand Prix rider in 1999 riding a 125cc Aprilia and made his debut at the first race of the season at Sepang.

> In 2000 he joined the works Derbi squad and claimed his first podium at the Dutch TT.

> In 2001 he stayed with the same team but rode a bike carrying the Gilera badge. He followed up his maiden victory in France with two more wins to become the third youngest ever World Champion and the first ever rider from San Marino to win a world title.

> Poggiali took four more victories in the 125cc class in the 2002 season but failed to retain his crown after taking the fight for the title to the final race of the year.

> In 2003 he moved up to the 250cc class and won on his debut appearance in Japan after qualifying in 23rd place on the grid. He went on to win the world title in his first year to become the third youngest ever 250cc World Champion.

> After a disappointing 2004 in which he won just one race and finished a lowly ninth in the 250championship standings, Poggiali has returned to the 125cc class for this year with the team that he won his world title with in 2001.


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