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Sanna wins first Grand Prix of season in another 125 thriller

Sanna wins first Grand Prix of season in another 125 thriller

It was another nail-biting 125 race which got proceedings underway at the Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland this morning, with Italian Simone Sanna eventually taking victory after an intriguing battle with Lucio Cecchinello, Toni Elias, Masao Azuma and Manuel Poggiali. Sanna becomes the seventh different rider to win in the class this year.

Spaniard Elias finally settled for second place to cut down Manuel Poggiali´s Championship lead to just three points, with the San Marino rider less than half a second behind him in third. Poggiali was just 0.033 seconds ahead of Maso Azuma, having overtaken the Japanese rider on the penultimate corner. Lucio Cecchinello, who saw Poggiali and Azuma pass him on the final lap, ended up without a podium position in fifth despite leading for much of the race.

Also involved in the ten rider melee which broke away from the main pack and fought amongst each other for all 27 laps of the race were pole setter Max Sabbatani, home rider Steve Jenkner and Jaroslav Hules. Highlighting this further, with 6 laps to go, the ten main riders were within 4 seconds of each other. Pole holder Sabbatani finished seventh behind Hules, as Angel Rodriguez and Jakub Smrz made late charges to consign Jenkner to a final position of tenth.

Youichi Ui started well but exited the track on the second lap and crossed the gravel. He returned to the race but was only able to finish in 19th place.

125cc, 2001, Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, RAC

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