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Sep 21, 2002

Updated Post: Sebastian Porto Runs Away With 250cc Grand Prix Victory In Rio

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Final 250cc Grand Prix Race Results:<BR><BR>1. Sebastian Porto, Yamaha, 22 laps, 47:01.307<BR>2. Roberto Rolfo, Honda, -14.114 seconds<BR>3. Franco Battaini, Aprilia, -15.812 seconds<BR>4. Marco Melandri, Aprilia, -26.998 seconds<BR>5. Toni Elias, Aprilia, -29.533 seconds<BR>6. Casey Stoner, Aprilia, -31.868 seconds<BR>7. Emilio Alzamora, Honda, -45.373 seconds<BR>8. Naoki Matusdo, Yamaha, -71.324 seconds<BR>9. Shahrol Yuzy, Yamaha, -73.787 seconds<BR>10. Leon Haslam, Honda, -75.478 seconds<BR>11. Jaroslav Hules, Yamaha, -76.715 seconds<BR>12. David Checa, Aprilia, -110.844 seconds<BR>13. Erwan Nigon, Aprilia, -118.717 seconds<BR>14. Dirk Heidolf, Aprilia, -132.040 seconds<BR>15. Jakub Smrz, Honda, -1 lap<BR><BR><BR>More, from a press release issued by Aprilia:<BR><BR>From a press release issued by Aprilia:<BR><BR>Aprilia Wins World Manufacturers Championship in 250 Class<BR><BR>Four races from the end of the season, Aprilia has already conquered the manufacturers' title in the 250 Class.<BR><BR>This is the 16th world title for the Venetian constructor in the World Road Racing Championship, and the 18th in the history of Aprilia when the two Trial titles are also considered.<BR><BR>The 250 championship of 2002 was conquered thanks to 7 wins by Marco Melandri, 3 wins by Nieto, De Puniet's second place in Suzuka and the Franco Battaini's third place today.<BR><BR>This the 9th time Aprilia has won the 250 championship, in which it has won 5 rider titles: ‘94, ‘95, 96, ‘98, ‘99, and 4 manufacturers' titles in ‘95, ‘98, ‘99, 2002.<BR><BR>The Racing Department of Noale's 250 has won 10 of the 12 races so far this season and the coveted award came today: the world laurels.<BR><BR>Aprilia would like to express its gratitude to the riders, the technicians and the teams for their contribution to the prestigious 2002 title, the latest in a long line of awards won by the Venetian company.<BR><BR>The 2002 season is still far from over and now Aprilia is setting its sights on final victory in the three championships in which it is currently leading the ratings: the 250 riders', the 125 riders' and the 125 manufacturers' championships.<BR><BR><BR>More, from a press release issued by MS Aprilia:<BR><BR>Marco Melandri's tactical race in Brazil rain.<BR><BR>Aprilia wins 250 Class Manufacturers' World Championship <BR><BR>Another "tactical" race for Marco "Macio" Melandri - fourth past the chequered flag, but still notching up a further points difference over his closest rival, Aprilia-mounted Fonsi Nieto. The gap has now reached 45 points. After a good start to the race, with good, dry trajectories along the track, a fine but intense rain started coming down again on the eighth lap. At this point, the race needed to be approached with a precise tactic in order not to lose ground in the points ratings. And that is precisely what Marco did. 4 races from the end of the championship, Aprilia has already conquered the Manufacturer's title in the 250 class, and the young lion from Ravenna has made a huge contribution to this success. Marco has taken the Aprilia RSW 250 to victory no fewer than 7 times this year.<BR><BR># 3 Marco Melandri – (MS APRILIA RACING) – 4th - 47'28.305<BR><BR>"The dry patches on the track immediately disappeared when it started raining again and things got much more complicated after that. I certainly didn't want to make any mistakes that might jeopardise things. I'd have loved to win, but if I'd made a slip I just wouldn't have forgiven myself. Then from the pits they told me Fonsi was down so I was able to take things a bit easier: he'd been behind and had been gaining ground. So I got another 13 very important points for the championship. Porto was great and deserved to win: the first three laps were the ones that assured victory for him: he just upped the pace and it was very hard trying to get hold of him. Now let's hope the next races are in the dry - I'm a bit fed up with all this rain." <BR><BR>