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Vincent moves a step closer to the title with Malaysian win

Vincent moves a step closer to the title with Malaysian win

Vincent moves a step closer to the title with Malaysian win

After being denied a rostrum finish last weekend in Japan, Arnaud Vincent was back on the first step of the podium in Sepang. As his main rival, Manuel Poggiali, crashed out of fourth on the last lap when he attempted to pass Cecchinello and could only take ninth, Vincent is now in a good position to clinch his first title in the 125cc class. The Frenchman leads the championship by 26 points over Poggiali with two races to go. Daniel Pedrosa, who took second ahead of Cecchinello today, lies in third, 29 points behind Vincent.

In the early stages of the race, Vincent, Pedrosa and Poggiali were the leading trio. On the fifth lap, they were joined by Steve Jenkner, Lucio Cecchinello and Pablo Nieto. The Italian was eventually the only one of the three who was able to follow the pace of the leaders and diced with fellow Aprilia rider Arnaud Vincent for the lead.

On the last lap, Pedrosa overtook Cecchinello before Poggiali made a dangerous attack in the final hairpin and crashed. Pablo Nieto took fourth, ahead of Jenkner, Kallio and Barbera.

Tags:
125cc, 2002, Gauloises Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

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