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Jenkner defies the weather to record excellent first ever GP win

Jenkner defies the weather to record excellent first ever GP win

Jenkner defies the weather to record excellent first ever GP win

Steve Jenkner has probably never ridden in worse conditions than the heavy showers that constantly sprayed the Assen circuit this afternoon but the German produced an exemplary display of wet-weather riding to win his first ever Grand Prix from Pablo Nieto and 16 year old Hector Barbera.

Jenkner set a fearsome pace from the out-set after taking the holeshot from Casey Stoner and proceeding to open up a 14 second lead by the end of the first lap.

The rain hardly made for a decent race and the close position swapping commonly associated with the 125 contest. Stoner was the first victim of the slippery surface and crashed on lap 3. The Australian had been some way ahead of Nieto but surrendered his second place with his fall. Nieto then circulated alone for his highest result of the season and giving his Spanish team the first of a top three ‘one-two' completed by Barbera's impressive and mature ride to third.

Youichi Ui took fourth while Stefano Perugini, Alex De Angelis, Thomas Luthi, Dani Pedrosa, Gabor Talmacsi and Andrea Dovizioso rounded off the top ten. Both KTMs were forced into the pits while Lucio Cecchinello could only take 16th.

After the 150th victory in GP racing for Aprilia the Championship still sees Honda man Pedrosa leading but the points difference from Jenkner in second is now down to 26 while Cecchinello trails by 34 in third.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Gauloises Dutch TT

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