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Advantage to Poggiali in battle for vacation leadership

Advantage to Poggiali in battle for vacation leadership

Advantage to Poggiali in battle for vacation leadership

There seems to be little doubt that the battle for leadership of the 125cc World Championship going into the summer break will be won by Manuel Poggiali, who held his place at the top of the rider standings with third place at Donington last weekend and retained a 16-point gap over the ever-advancing Dani Pedrosa. Poggiali has conceded ground to Pedrosa in the last two races, with the Spaniard picking up victory in Holland and second place in Great Britain, but a top six finish at Sachsenring this weekend will secure the San Marino man outright leadership status going into the holiday period.

The World Champion has failed to make the podium just once this season, when he dropped his Gilera at the final corner in Jerez, and has fond memories of third place here last season after a tremendous battle with Sanna, Elias and Azuma. Elias came second on that occasion and this year his former team-mate Pedrosa is flying the flag for Spain with five podium finishes from eight starts. Sanna, who took the victory last year, has struggled to find form this time around and with a best finish of fifth for the season he is not expected to repeat his only Grand Prix win of 2001.

Arnaud Vincent rediscovered his early season form to win a superb 125cc race at Donington and he has now closed to within three points of Pedrosa in the Championship. The Frenchman had previously failed to make the podium since the third round but made up for his stuttering run in spectacular fashion after starting from sixteenth on the grid. Vincent will this weekend be hoping to continue a consistent run with just seven rounds of the season remaining.

125cc, 2002, Cinzano Motorrad GP Deutschland

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