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Consistent Dovizioso confident for home race

Consistent Dovizioso confident for home race

The 250cc category's Mr Consistency, Andrea Dovizioso, will attempt to continue his solid run of point scoring finishes this weekend as he participates in his home Grand Prix in front of thousands of adoring Italian fans.

The 250cc category's Mr Consistency, Andrea Dovizioso, will attempt to continue his solid run of point scoring finishes this weekend as he participates in his home Grand Prix in front of thousands of adoring Italian fans.

Ahead of the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice the Kopron Team Scot rider currently sits second in the 250cc general classification, 32 points behind the red hot Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, to whom he of course finished second overall last year.

However, at this stage last season it was Lorenzo who was lagging behind Dovizioso and the Italian will know that if he keeps scoring points things could all change again.

Since moving up to the 250cc class at the start of 2005 as the 125cc World Champion, Dovizioso has only failed to finish in a point scoring position on one occasion, at the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2005 when he crashed on the first lap of the race. Since that crash he has managed top 15 places in 25 successive races, finishing third in the overall standings in 2005 and in the aforementioned runner-up spot last year.

As the following list shows, only five other riders in the 58 year history of Grand Prix racing have had a longer sequence of successive point scoring finishes in the 250cc class: Luca Cadalora (34 races, 1990-92), Ralf Waldmann (29 races 1996-97), Daijiro Kato (28 races 2000-01), Sito Pons (26 races, 1988-89), Max Biaggi (26 races, 1994-96), Dani Pedrosa (25 races, 2004-05) and Andrea Dovizioso (25 races, ongoing).

However, Dovizioso's third place finish last year at Mugello was the first time that he has stood on the podium at his home Grand Prix, a record he would love to improve upon this weekend. He explained: "I like the Mugello track, it's amazing racing here because it's so fast. Unfortunately I have never had the satisfaction of winning here, an aim that I hope to realize this weekend. It won't be easy, the fight will be at the highest level, but I'll give it my best because is a great feeling riding with your fans supporting you."

Tags:
250cc, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Andrea Dovizioso

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