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Arnaud Vincent claims victory in incident-packed 125 race

Arnaud Vincent claims victory in incident-packed 125 race

Arnaud Vincent claims victory in incident-packed 125 race

French rider Arnaud Vincent claimed the third Grand Prix win of his career at a rainy Suzuka in a race which was packed with incident. Mirko Giansanti and World Champion Manuel Poggiali accompanied the Frenchman on to the podium.

Steve Jenkner made the best start to the race and led until a deflated tyre put paid to his hopes on the sixth lap. Jaroslav Hules took over at the front but quickly fell leaving Vincent as leader out on his own, being pursued by a group comprising Poggiali, Sanna, Cecchinello and Ueda. However all of these riders were passed by a charging Giansanti who staged a great recovery, and eventually closed to within a second of Vincent. Ueda, who ran off just metres from the finish line thus losing the opportunity to claim a podium finish, came in fourth ahead of Sanna and Aoyama. Daniel Pedrosa, starting from pole, ended eighth behind Angel Rodriguez after spending much of the race in the lower positions. Young Italian, Stefano Bianco, was amongst the front runners early on until he slid out mid-race.

Tags:
125cc, 2002, SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan

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