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Aoyama, Simoncelli and Poggiali

Aoyama, Simoncelli and Poggiali

Aoyama, Simoncelli and Poggiali

This week on the MotoGP Channel´s Contenders for 2006 section, we take an in-depth look at three riders hoping to challenge for the 250cc crown. With reigning World Champion Dani Pedrosa making the jump to the premier class, the race for a new title holder is wide open.

Hiroshi Aoyama made his debut in 2000, but it wasn't until after being picked up by the Honda Scholarship Program in 2004 that he completed a full season. Last year he finished fourth in the championship. In the off-season he moved to the KTM 250cc team.

Manuel Poggiali had an auspicious arrival in 125cc in 1998. He debuted in Italy but didn't classify for the race. His first complete season came the following year. In 2001 he won the title aged only 18, then finished runner up the following year. After making the jump to 250cc he earned the title in his first season, but after a poor second campaign he dropped down to 125cc again. In 2006 he teams up with Aoyama in the KTM 250cc team.

Marco Simoncelli only made his debut in 2002, competing in the final section of the 125cc season. After inconsistent campaigns, and a fifth place in the 2005 classification, he makes the jump up to 250cc this year, riding for Metis Gilera.

250cc, 2006

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