Manuel Poggiali

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Manuel Poggiali
Manuel Poggiali Assen 2008.jpg
Manuel Poggiali at Assen in 2008
Nationality San Marino
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1998 - 2006, 2008
First race 1998 125cc Imola Grand Prix
Last race 2008 250cc Czech Republic Grand Prix
First win 2001 125cc French Grand Prix
Last win 2004 250cc Brazilian Grand Prix
Team(s) Gilera, KTM, Aprilia, Derbi
Championships 125cc: 2001
250cc: 2003
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
131 12 35 11 7 1111

Manuel Poggiali (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmanuel podˈdʒali]; born February 14, 1983) is a Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion from San Marino. He was the 2001 125cc World Champion, and the 2003 250cc World Champion. He scored 12 race wins, 11 pole positions, and 35 podium finishes.[1] He often struggled with motivation and the mental side of racing, and this contributed to his early retirement from the sport.[2]

Poggiali began racing Minibikes in 1994, and made his first Grand Prix starts in 1998, also winning the Italian 125cc Championship that year. He went into the 125cc World Championship full-time in 1999, and showed promise over the next two years, scoring a first podium at Assen in 2000. In 2001 he improved to win the title on a Gilera. He remained in the class in 2002, scoring 7 podiums in the first 8 races but failing to defend his title, losing out to Arnaud Vincent.

For 2003 he moved up to 250s, and followed Freddie Spencer and Tetsuya Harada in winning the title at his first attempt, including victories in the season's first two races. He had a disappointing 2004 however, finishing only 9th overall with just three podium results.

For 2005 he returned to 125s, again looking like a shadow of his former self, failing to take a single podium.[3] In 2006 he raced in the 250cc class for the KTM team, but they did not renew his contract for 2007. Although he received some offers from 125cc, 250cc, and Superbike teams, he decided to refuse the offers and take a sabbatical, hoping to get better offers in 2008. He made his return to racing after announcing that he would ride for Campetella Racing alongside Fabrizio Lai.[4] He decided to retire midseason after losing enthusiasm.

He is also a footballer, he played some matches over the last years for Pennarossa, a football club of San Marino. For 2013 he returned to motorcycle racing and rode in the Italian Superbike Championship for Scuderia Corse Team Grandi aboard a Ducati 1199 Panigale. He finished the season in 14th overall with a second place finish in the penultimate race of the year at Mugello being his best finish. For 2014 he signed to ride for the Barni Racing Team aboard a Ducati 1199 Panigale in the CIV Superbike Championship and finished 11th overall.

Complete Grand Prix motorcycle racing results [5][edit]

Points system from 1993 onwards:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points Rank Wins
1999 125cc Aprilia MAL
12
JPN
18
ESP
9
FRA
Ret
ITA
13
CAT
Ret
NED
13
GBR
Ret
GER
11
CZE
IMO
8
VAL
Ret
AUS
9
RSA
Ret
BRA
7
ARG
Ret
46 17th 0
2000 125cc Aprilia RSA
MAL
JPN
ESP
9
FRA
8
ITA
Ret
CAT
Ret
NED
3
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
CZE
12
POR
Ret
VAL
14
BRA
Ret
PAC
11
AUS
5
53 16th 0
2001 125cc Gilera JPN
5
RSA
2
ESP
Ret
FRA
1
ITA
3
CAT
3
NED
Ret
GBR
3
GER
3
CZE
Ret
POR
1
VAL
1
PAC
2
AUS
2
MAL
2
BRA
5
241 1st 3
2002 125cc Gilera JPN
3
RSA
1
ESP
DSQ
FRA
2
ITA
1
CAT
1
NED
2
GBR
3
GER
4
CZE
5
POR
Ret
BRA
3
PAC
2
MAL
4
AUS
1
VAL
7
254 2nd 4
2003 250cc Aprilia JPN
1
RSA
1
ESP
4
FRA
Ret
ITA
1
CAT
Ret
NED
4
GBR
2
GER
8
CZE
3
POR
2
BRA
1
PAC
3
MAL
2
AUS
9
VAL
3
249 1st 4
2004 250cc Aprilia RSA
4
ESP
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
3
CAT
Ret
NED
7
BRA
1
GER
Ret
GBR
Ret
CZE
9
POR
7
JPN
17
QAT
MAL
AUS
3
VAL
Ret
95 9th 1
2005 125cc Gilera ESP
6
POR
5
CHN
12
FRA
10
ITA
6
CAT
6
NED
8
GBR
25
GER
11
CZE
8
JPN
6
MAL
8
QAT
7
AUS
13
TUR
11
VAL
Ret
107 10th 0
2006 250cc KTM ESP
11
QAT
14
TUR
15
CHN
11
FRA
17
ITA
12
CAT
11
NED
10
GBR
Ret
GER
13
CZE
Ret
MAL
11
AUS
13
JPN
12
POR
12
VAL
8
50 14th 0
2008 250cc Gilera QAT
14
ESP
Ret
POR
17
CHN
Ret
FRA
6
ITA
Ret
CAT
14
GBR
14
NED
Ret
GER
Ret
CZE
DNS
RSM
-
IND
-
JPN
-
AUS
-
MAL
-
VAL
-
16 19th 0

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Preceded by
Marco Melandri
250cc Motorcycle World Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Dani Pedrosa
Preceded by
Roberto Locatelli
125cc Motorcycle World Champion
2001
Succeeded by
Arnaud Vincent
Preceded by
Marco Melandri
Italian 125cc Champion
1998
Succeeded by
Fabrizio De Marco