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Luca Boscoscuro leading Team Italia into home Grand Prix

Luca Boscoscuro leading Team Italia into home Grand Prix

Luca Boscoscuro leading Team Italia into home Grand Prix

Times have changed for Luca Boscoscuro. One year ago the Italian arrived at his home race riding for the Campetella Racing team, looking to make up ground after a difficult start to the 250 World Championship. This year the 30 year old is in charge of Team Italia, the Gilera youth project which has seen Mattia Angeloni and Michel Fabrizio progress to 125 Grand Prix with the intention of stepping into the shoes of current World Champion Manuel Poggiali.

As his squad prepares for their biggest race of the season, Boscoscuro admits to feeling a little melancholy about his role in front of a partisan Italian crowd. `I would love to be out there racing because the fans here give you a real lift,´ he explained. `It is difficult to be on the other side of the pit wall because there isn´t the same buzz as when you are racing. I am very happy to be working with these youngsters though and it was a fantastic opportunity offered to me by Giampero Sacchi. This is an incredible set-up and we are confident of achieving great things´.

The two teenage rookies have yet to make a lasting impression on the 125 class, with Fabrizio picking up the team´s only point so far in the second race at Welkom. However, Boscoscuro insists they are on course to complete their objectives. `Our target for this season is to progress step by step with every race and we are not expecting podium finishes straight away. These guys are extremely young, so it is important they are given time. I believe that they will be competitive by the end of the season but there is no pressure on them at the moment. Their home race will be very special for them. They know the track and the fans will push them on. But even if we do get a good result here it would be unfair to expect similar performances at other circuits´.

Despite their young age (Fabrizio is 17 and Angeloni 18), they have the benefit of experience, provided by fellow Gilera rider Poggiali. `Manuel helps us out because we can use his telemetry to work out where these guys should be braking, where they should open the gas and so on. Of course, he is an example to follow in every way because he was World Champion at 18. There are other examples too, such as Elias and Pedrosa, who have come from nowhere to fight for podiums and titles. Hopefully we can replicate their achievements sometime in the future´.

125cc, 2002, Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia

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