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Cecchinello holds on for first GP win of the season

Cecchinello holds on for first GP win of the season

Cecchinello holds on for first GP win of the season

Lucio Cecchinello triumphed for the second year in a row at Jerez for the third round of the 125cc World Championship and opened the door to the European stage of the 2003 series in the best way possible.

Cecchinello was part of a leading group that, as per usual with the 125cc class, was always to sort itself out in the final few circulations. Before that pole position holder Pablo Nieto had hit the front ahead of countryman Dani Pedrosa and seemed to be stretching away before a broken gear lever forced him to retire. Cecchinello led for the majority of the second half of the GP holding off Alex De Angelis, Pedrosa, and Stefano Perugini. German rider Steve Jenkner produced arguably the finest performance of the race after reducing a five four second gap in fifth to catch the front pack and trade paint with his rivals.

Jenkner eventually made his way into lead on the last lap and was passed by Cecchinello half way around the final circulation. The 26 year old could not fight back and took a well-deserved second ahead of De Angelis in third. Pedrosa was cheered on by a noisy and packed Spanish crowd but was caught adrift in a physical tussle with Perugini and could only take fourth at the chequered flag. Casey Stoner was some way adrift in sixth and beat Hector Barbera, Youichi Ui, Andrea Dovizioso and Mirko Giansanti.

Jenkner is now at the top of the standings by six points from Pedrosa and Cecchinello tied in second.

125cc, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de España

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