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Poggiali claims victory in thrilling 125 race ahead of Vincent and Pedrosa

Poggiali claims victory in thrilling 125 race ahead of Vincent and Pedrosa

Poggiali claims victory in thrilling 125 race ahead of Vincent and Pedrosa

Manuel Poggiali claimed victory in a thrilling 125cc race which features numerous changes at the head of the field, and wasn't decided until the final lap. Daniel Pedrosa was the early leader, whilst Olive, Cecchinello and Ui all crashed out on the first lap. Poggiali then assumed the race leadership, but Pablo Nieto soon passed him. At the halfway point the top eleven riders were covered by just two seconds, but Poggiali had taken over at the front again, with Nieto constantly threatening him.

Vincent moved steadily through the field, and Pedrosa seemed perfectly placed to launch an assault on the lead in the final laps. It was the Frenchman though who made his move five laps from the end, passing Nieto and moving on to Poggiali´s tail. The interchanging of positions continued, and Vincent then took the lead with two laps remaining, although it was shortlived as the World Champion quickly reclaimed top spot. On the final lap Nieto narrowly avoided falling, but was powerless as both Pedrosa and Jenkner passed him, meaning the Spaniard missed out on the podium finish of which he had looked assured.

Poggiali eventually won ahead of Vincent and Pedrosa. The Frenchman though retains his lead at the top of the championship by four points.

Tags:
125cc, 2002, Africa's Grand Prix

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