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Cesarini remains Poggiali's rock

Cesarini remains Poggiali's rock

Cesarini remains Poggiali's rock

Manuel Poggiali, who made his 100th GP start in Brno at the age of just 22, has always found his uncle Roberto Cesarini to be a hugely supportive figure. Poggiali's father died just as he broke on to the GP scene and Cesraini has often been the father-figure to whom the San Marino star has turned.

The double World Champion is enduring a difficult season having returned to the 125 class with Gilera, the bike on which he won the championship in 2001. Cesarini has spoken of Poggiali's trials and tribulations, but believes he will recover the form that won him two world titles.

`I think he has been always been the same rider. I know Manuel very well and whether he wins or loses, he is always the same person and doesn't change. Every year he begins with the aim of winning the world title. Last season we couldn't do it, this year he wanted to win but again it hasn't been possible. However, there are some races to go and time to do well.'

The Gilera rider was considered one of the most consistent riders in 125cc class, but he hasn't achieved any outstanding results yet, his best being a fifth place in Portugal. Cesarini revealed Poggiali's aim is to return to 250 category and, like most young riders, to progress to the MotoGP class.

`In his career there have been some very good moments although he is still only 22 years of age. We've lived incredible moments, for example the first race he won which he dedicated to his father, and the two World Championships won in Valencia and Brazil.'

`The hardest moment came in his first year in the World Championship, when we were staying in Holland and we received the unfortunate news that his father had died. It was a terrible period both in racing and in life.'

125cc, 2005

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