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Pedrosa and Nieto without luck at home GP

Pedrosa and Nieto without luck at home GP

Pedrosa and Nieto without luck at home GP

The appearance of the cruel hand of fate was poorly timed for the Spanish protagonists in the 125cc GP at Jerez. In front of a massive 128,000 fans and supporters on supposedly a day of glory for one of the local riders it was the Italian Lucio Cecchinello who repeated his act of 2002 and took the victory. ´los españoles´ were left licking their wounds as neither hot favourites Pablo Nieto or Dani Pedrosa stepped onto the podium.

Nieto can be forgiven for thinking that he is cursed around the Jerez curves. Last season the youngster took pole position but in the race suffered a crash and could not realise his dream of a debut GP win. This weekend history virtually repeated, again with a healthy dose of bad luck. Nieto assumed the first place on the starting grid once more but then with 14 laps to go his gear lever snapped off when he was leading the race and he had to retire to the pits. Again denied an wonderful chance to mark his first ever GP victory at the ideal venue.
For his part, Dani Pedrosa was dropped from the fight for victory and eventually the contest for podium places, when he was embroiled in a physical hand-to-hand duel with Stefano Perugini. It became impossible for the winner of the previous GP in Welkom to catch Cecchinello, De Angelis and Jenkner in the closing stages. The rider from Barcelona was leading the Championship but now drops down to second after his fourth place at Jerez, although he remains very close to the consistent Jenkner.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de España, Dani Pedrosa, Pablo Nieto

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