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Vincent and Poggiali looking to bury Brno nightmares as title chase intensifies

Vincent and Poggiali looking to bury Brno nightmares as title chase intensifies

Vincent and Poggiali looking to bury Brno nightmares as title chase intensifies

The chase for the 125cc World Championship title resumes this weekend in Brno with current holder Manuel Poggiali looking anxiously over his shoulder at Arnaud Vincent, just seven points adrift after successive wins at Donington and Sachsenring. The leading pair in the minor class of Grand Prix racing arrive in the Czech Republic looking to ignite what promises to be an explosive finale to the season and bury the memories of one year ago, when they both crashed out of this race on the twelfth lap. The winner that day was Spanish youngster Toni Elias, whilst his junior team-mate Dani Pedrosa crossed the line in eighth. This year it is Pedrosa who is taking the challenge to the elite of the class, hoping to make up for Elias´ failure to secure the 2001 title by consistently reproducing the form he showed during his debut win at Assen two months ago. The 16 year old is thirteen points behind Vincent and, with a 44 point advantage over Steve Jenkner in fourth place, seems like the only man outside the top two with a realistic chance of taking the title. Jenkner is unlikely to accept his fate just yet, however, and arrives at Brno riding high on confidence after third place at his home Grand Prix. The German finished third last year at Brno and, along with Pedrosa and Vincent, is one of only three riders to have scored points in every race this season. Another man who would not wish to be ruled out just yet is Lucio Cecchinello, winner of two races already this year and currently lurking in fifth place behind Jenkner. However, after failing to finish the last two races it may be down to his exciting young team-mate Alex de Angelis, who was beaten to his maiden victory on the line at Sachsenring by Vincent last month, to bring glory to the Italian squad. Honda and Aprilia have taken five wins each in the last ten years of 125cc Grand Prix racing at Brno. In 1988 Jorge Martinez took victory for Derbi but Gilera have never had a win at this circuit in any class.

Tags:
125cc, 2002, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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