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Jimmy Filice wins AMA MBNA 250 Grand Prix championship

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Jimmy Filice completed a triumphant return from semi-retirement by winning the 2001 AMA MBNA 250 Grand Prix Series in his first full season back in the series. Filice nursed his ailing motorcycle to sixth in the season-ending...

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Jimmy Filice completed a triumphant return from semi-retirement by winning the 2001 AMA MBNA 250 Grand Prix Series in his first full season back in the series. Filice nursed his ailing motorcycle to sixth in the season-ending race Sunday, Sept. 30 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va.

It marked the third AMA 250 Grand Prix title for the 38-year-old rider from Modesto, Calif. Filice won this year's championship by a single point over arch rival Rich Oliver.

Filice, who won AMA 250 Grand Prix titles in 1991 and 1993, made his return to full-time racing this season for the Corbin Yamaha squad. It was the first full season in AMA competition for Filice since 1993 when he won nine of the 10 AMA 250 Grand Prix races en route to winning that year's championship. Since 1993, Filice has made several comeback attempts, but had not been able to secure a full-time ride until this year.

This season was one of solid consistency for Filice. He finished on the podium a remarkable eight times in ten races including wins at Loudon, N.H., and Lexington, Ohio.

"This year I had a little luck on my side since Rich (Oliver) had some bad luck at a few races," said a gracious Filice. "I had to rely on consistency, especially early on, since this was my first full year back. I plan on coming back stronger from the very start next year and hope to defend my championship."

Filice has amassed 25-career AMA 250 Grand Prix wins dating back to his first victory in the series in 1981. He is ranked second to Oliver (56 wins) on the all-time AMA 250 Grand Prix wins list.

- Connie Fleming

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