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Melandri takes second victory in the class at Welkom

Melandri takes second victory in the class at Welkom

Melandri takes second victory in the class at Welkom

Marco Melandri surged to his second career win in the quarter-litre class, in a race he dominated from start to finish. After having taken the lead from the first corner, the Italian pulled away from his rivals throughout, although behind him quite a battle developed for the remaining podium positions.

Locatelli, Battaini and De Puniet all fought for second place, but it was Fonsi Nieto who came with a late charge to pass both De Puniet and Locatelli and claim third after Battaini had already secured second spot. Rolfo came in fourth, having lost ground after a good start he followed the charge of Fonsi Nieto to finish strongly. Locatelli eventually finished fifth, after twice touching with Battaini earlier in the race, ahead of De Puniet and Alzamora.

Youngsters Stoner and Jara both suffered falls and could not take advantage of their excellent qualifying performances. Battaini and De Puniet now head the classification with 26 points each.

Tags:
250cc, 2002, Africa's Grand Prix

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