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Jun 2, 2002

Melandri Beats Locatelli And Nieto In 250cc GP At Mugello

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>250cc GP Race Results:<BR><BR>1. Marco Melandri, Aprilia, 21 laps, 40:42.759<BR>2. Roberto Locatelli, Aprilia, -0.258 second<BR>3. Fonsi Nieto, Aprilia, -0.720 second<BR>4. Toni Elias, Aprilia, -1.464 seconds<BR>5. Randy De Puniet, Aprilia, -1.718 seconds<BR>6. Franco Battaini, Aprilia, -8.606 seconds<BR>7. Sebastian Porto, Yamaha, -11.864 seconds<BR>8. Roberto Rolfo, Honda,-17.248 seconds<BR>9. Shahrol Yuzy, Yamaha, -28.481 seconds<BR>10. David Checa, Aprilia, -28.490 seconds<BR>11. Emilio Alzamora, Honda, -32.113 seconds<BR>12. Haruchika Aoki, Honda, -34.770 seconds<BR>13. Vincent Philippe, Aprilia, -51.837 seconds<BR>14. Naoki Matsudo, Yamaha, -51.912 seconds<BR>15. Jay Vincent, Honda, -52.393 seconds<BR>16. Hector Faubel, Aprilia, -57.112 seconds<BR>17. Raul Jara, Aprilia, -57.198 seconds<BR>18. Leon Haslam, Honda, -57.737 seconds<BR>19. Alex Debon, Aprilia, -1 lap, DNF, mechanical<BR>20. Dirk Heidolf, Aprilia, -3 laps, DNF, crash<BR>21. Jarno Janssen, Honda, -19 laps, DNF, mechanical<BR>22. Hugo Marchand, Aprilia, -19 laps, DNF, mechanical<BR>23. Taro Sekiguchi, Yamaha, -20 laps, DNF, crash<BR><BR><BR>More, from an Aprilia press release:<BR><BR>Marco "Spiderman" Melandri wins Italian Grand Prix.<BR><BR>Six Aprilia 250s make top six places.<BR><BR><BR>Spiderman wins at Mugello: Macio victorious for the second time this season, with his third win in the 250 class. An all-Aprilia podium at Mugello, just like in 1998 and 2001.<BR><BR>Marco Melandri, once again in Spiderman guise, got off to a good start and rode a good, effective race and total concentration ensured he got the better of his opponents. He appeared to be keeping things under control throughout the race, and upped the pace every time he took the lead. But that was not all: by using every centimetre of the track, he was able to adopt more effective trajectories. Today's win is a good indication of the determination of the Ravenna-born Spiderman. And it puts him back in the running for the world title. Macio moves up to second place, just 15 points behind Nieto. <BR><BR><BR>Marco Melandri # 3 (MS APRILIA RACING) – 1st - 40:42.759<BR><BR><BR>"I made a good start and then rode my race: the battle for the lead showed me I could go faster and, towards the end, I could see that my mid-curve speed was good so I could come out faster than the others. I realised it was time to up the pace and go for victory. This win comes at the end of an important week which has restored all the good feeling I needed with my group to make top spot on the podium. I was really pleased to hear the words of President Beggio before I got onto my bike for the start of the race: he told me just to relax, to take it easy and enjoy myself – all I had to do was ride my race. He made me feel really calm. And that's what I did: I just rode my own race. A victory for Aprilia, and for all those who work to make it competitive. I represent them on the track, so it's a victory for all of them, and for me as well."<BR><BR><BR>Marco Melandri<BR><BR>10 Wins (3 – 250) (7 – 125) <BR><BR><BR><BR>