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Barbera clinches debut victory as Pedrosa falls on the last lap

Barbera clinches debut victory as Pedrosa falls on the last lap

Barbera clinches debut victory as Pedrosa falls on the last lap

Hector Barbera won his first ever GP this morning as World Championship leader Dani Pedrosa failed to finish the race and crashed out on the penultimate corner of the final lap.

Spanish riders made the headlines at a hot, sunny and very busy Donington Park as Barbera, who had shown some impressive speed all weekend, held off the challenges within a five rider group that included Pedrosa, Stefano Perugini, Lucio Cecchinello and Andrea Dovizioso. Barbera led for the majority of the distance and the group lost one of its members when Cecchinello fell at Goddards corner two thirds into the distance; the Italian remounted to take 10th.

Barbera was able to hold onto his advantage at the flag but the fight for the rest of the podium places cranked up several notches as Pedrosa gained two positions on the last lap and then entered the Melbourne loop. The Honda man ran slightly wide trying to pass Dovizioso and Perugini made an aggressive move on the inside line that knocked the Spaniard to the ground. Pedrosa could not continue and was left kicking the haybales in frustration/anger.

Dovizioso claimed second while Perugini visited the podium for the first time since the opening race in Japan. Alex De Angelis recovered from a crash yesterday to take fourth while Casey Stoner was fifth and could have been higher if he had not experienced fade in his front brake. World Champion Arnaud Vincent earned his highest result of the year so far with 8th on the new KTM.

Pedrosa still heads the points table and his cause was helped by the fact that Steve Jenkner also crashed out after high-siding on the first circulation.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Cinzano British Grand Prix

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