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Franco Battaini - 2005 Rider Profile

Franco Battaini
  • Number - 27
  • Team - Blata WCM
  • Bike - Blata
  • Date of birth - 22/07/1972
  • Nationality - ITALY
  • Fanatical about physical preparation, Franco Battaini is probably the most complete athlete on the Grand Prix circuit, a claim sufficiently supported by his excellent performances betweenn races in triathlon competitions. A latecomer to motorcycle racing, the Italian made his first track appearance at the age of 21 but it wasn't long before his natural talent shone through.

    Franco Battaini

    In 1994 he was runner-up in the Italian Sport Production 125 series and lifted the Suzuki 250 Trophy after five race wins. He was ridden a Grand Prix bike ever since, arriving on the world scene in 1997 on a Yamaha 250 and moving to Aprilia in 1999. Bataini became a regular top ten fixture and clinched four Best Privateer trophies, taking sixth in the championship in 2002 and 2003, before completing his final 250 campaign last year. In 2005, he will step up to the MotoGP class riding the new V6 Blata-WCM.

  • 1993 - 4th 125cc Italian Championship Sport Production
  • 1994 - 1st 125cc Zona A Italian Championship Sport Production
  • 1995 - 8th 125cc European Championship
  • 1996 - 3rd European Championship 250
  • 1997 - 14th World Championship 250
  • 1998 - 18th 250cc World Championship
  • 1999 - 8th 250cc World Championship
  • 2000 - 8th 250ccc World Championship
  • 2001 - 10th 250cc World Championship
  • 2002 - 6th 250cc World Championship
  • 2003 - 6th 250cc World Championship
  • 2004 - 10th 250cc World Championship