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Di Meglio looking most likely to end French home victory drought

Di Meglio looking most likely to end French home victory drought

Ajo Motorsport´s Mike di Meglio could be the man to restore some national pride at Le Mans , on fine form in the 125cc class.

French fans have been starved of a local winner in Le Mans for close to thirty years, despite a host of talents having come through the ranks. The most likely man to end the home hoodoo this weekend is 125cc rider Mike di Meglio, a podium challenger for Ajo Motorsport in the lower cylinder category.

Di Meglio most recently finished second in China, and his mastery of wet conditions will stand him in good stead at the notoriously inclement Bugatti circuit. If he could go one better in Le Mans, he would become only the fourth home winner of the French round, following in the footsteps of Jean Aureal (1969) and Guy Bertin (1979) who both took 125cc machines to victory, and 1979 350cc class winner Patrick Fernandez.

The lowest cylinder category in the World Championship has been the most fruitful for French success on home soil. Jean-Claude Selini is the only other rider to fly the tricolour on the highest pole, with a 1982 win at Nogaro, but for the last Le Mans podium in the class you have to go back a quarter of a century to 1983, courtesy of the self-same Selini.

Thankfully, in 250cc the podium drought does not stretch back so far. A Frenchman came in second at the 2005 quarter litre category race, the only rider to do so that is still competing in the World Championship. His name? Current MotoGP star and 2007 800cc race leader Randy de Puniet.

125cc, 2008, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Mike Di Meglio, Ajo Motorsport

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