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de Puniet wins, Poggiali world champion


Randy de Puniet held off a charging Toni Elias to take a hard earned victory in today's 250cc Valencia Grand Prix, but main news was that Manuel Poggiali has become the third youngest 250cc world champion ever (behind Melandri and Rossi) by finishing the season ending GP a safe third, four places clear of title rival Rolfo, to become the first quarter-litre class rookie to take the crown since Tetsuya Harada in 1993.


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