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250cc class standouts get just rewards for 2008 efforts

250cc class standouts get just rewards for 2008 efforts

A rundown of the quarter-litre class FIM Award winners for 2008, with prizes handed out to three riders.

The 250cc class prizes for the 2008 season were awarded at the end-of-season bash in Valencia on Sunday night, with Marco Simoncelli taking home the most silverware for his trophy cabinet.

The Italian not only took home the World Championship prize for the season, but also that of the `Tissot Pole of the Pole´ award in recognition of his six pole positions in the class.

Over the course of his breakthrough season, Simoncelli has also put his name into the history books for becoming the seventh youngest 250cc title winner, the 22nd Italian winner in the class and the first man to take the crown with Gilera machinery. Six victories and a further four podium finishes were the driving force behind his 2008 success, which also saw him become the only title winner to have overcome a deficit as large as 49 points en route to glory.

The new champion received the Bruno Ruffo trophy, named after the first 250cc winner.

Other prizes were received by Mattia Pasini as the Rookie of the Year, whilst Yuki Takahashi said goodbye to the 250cc class with the Best Privateer award for his efforts onboard the JiR Team Scot Honda.

250cc, 2008

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