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Fonsi Nieto storms to first career victory in Jerez

Fonsi Nieto storms to first career victory in Jerez

Fonsi Nieto storms to first career victory in Jerez

Fonsi Nieto took his first career victory in Jerez, some twelve years after Carlos Cardus won in Brno which was the last victory by a Spanish rider in the quarter-litre class. Emilio Alzamora completed a dual Spanish presence on the podium coming in third, behind team-mate Roberto Rolfo who had for a long time led the race.

Fonsi got to the head of the field halfway round the first lap, but was overtaken by Locatelli after three laps, and the Italian was then passed by his compatriot Melandri two laps later. Alzamora got away slowly, but made up ground to be sitting sixth at the back of a group of riders led by Rolfo.Fonsi made his move ten laps from the end. After a further four laps he'd moved into the lead and put enough ground between himself and the Italian to ensure victory.

Behind them, Melandri and Battaini touched on the last lap, gifting third position to Alzamora. Battaini made it back on to the track to come in fourth. The Italian has nowlost the lead in the championship, which Fonsi now leads by three points from Rolfo. Young Australian Casey Stoner had an excellent race and finished sixth.

Tags:
250cc, 2002, Gran Premio Marlboro de España

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