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Elias takes his second ever victory and with it 125cc Championship lead

Elias takes his second ever victory and with it 125cc Championship lead

The stock of the young Spaniard Toni Elias is rising fast, especially so today as he took a thrilling win in the 125 race at Brno, after a failed penultimate corner manoeuvre from Simone Sanna which saw him fall by the wayside. Not only does he have the opportunity to celebrate his second victory of both the season and his career, but he can pop the champagne corks for taking the lead in the World Championship for the first time, which he heads now by quite a large margin of 22 points.

Having taken pole position yesterday afternoon in a circuit record time, Elias made the holeshot, but was constantly moving up and down the order in a close running front group. The group included the usual candidates of Cecchinello, Ui, Sanna as well as German Steve Jenkner and Max Sabbatani. The race continued with no rider able to take any advantage from their stint at the head of the pack. With two laps to go however, whilst in fourth and fifth spots, Ui was forced wide by Elias, which saw him drop back considerably and behind Sabbatani, effectively ending his challenge for first.

The top spots were then decided on the penultimate bend. Elias, leading at the time, saw Sanna attempt to pass him on the inside, however too much corner speed saw Sanna dump his Aprilia on the tarmac and allowed Elias a clear path to the finish line. Cecchinello´s evasive manoeuvre from Sanna´s prone bike meant that he finished in a comfortable second, behind him Youichi Ui, having recovered from the earlier mistake and threatening Jenkner for third, was almost hit by Sanna´s machine and had to settle for fourth behind the German. Home riders Jakub Smrz and Jaroslav Hules finished in decent 6th and 7th places respectively, as Manuel Poggiali, Championship leader before this afternoon, crashed out on the 12th lap while in 10th position, clearly his new engine not performing as expected.

Tags:
125cc, 2001, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, RAC

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