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Vincent wins crash-strewn wet race in Estoril

Vincent wins crash-strewn wet race in Estoril

Vincent wins crash-strewn wet race in Estoril

Arnaud Vincent clinched another win in a wet race in Estoril, while his main rivals, Poggiali and Pedrosa, were among the victims of the adverse weather. By sweeping the maximum 25 points, the Frenchman reclaims the Championship lead. Poggiali crashed out of 4th position with three laps to go, and Pedrosa recovered from a mistake to take 10th. Vincent now leads the World Champion by 23 points.

Starting from ninth on the grid, Vincent promptly took the lead ahead of Jenkner and Sanna. The Italian joined the front runners as the early leader Talmacsi crashed out on the 7th lap. Poggiali, who started from the back of the grid because he crashed on the warm-up lap, managed to make his way through the pack but eventually went out as the track remained damp all race long.

In the late stages of the race, Vincent had to face the competition of Jenkner and Sanna. The German went wide after Sanna overtook him, and the Italian nearly crashed after he made what could have been a winning move, and allowed Vincent through for the lead on the final corner. Pablo Nieto took fourth ahead of Azuma.

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125cc, 2002, Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal

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