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Bad day at the office for the World Championship leaders

Bad day at the office for the World Championship leaders

Bad day at the office for the World Championship leaders

The point difference at the top of the 125cc World Championship remained unchanged after round eight last weekend at a hot Donington park for the British GP. Both leader Dani Pedrosa and current second placed rider Steve Jenkner could not complete the race, hitting the asphalt on the last and the first laps respectively to leave the standings untainted by the dramatic action witnessed by 70,000 fans and seeing Hector Barbera take his first ever GP win.

Proceedings ended early for Jenkner who had only scored his debut victory several weeks ago at Assen and had notched one DNF in the seven rounds up to the start of last Sunday. The German rider high-sided on the exit of Macleans corner on the opening circulation.

He then had to sweat for 40 minutes until Stefano Perugini's aggressive move on Dani Pedrosa at the Melbourne loop sent the Spaniard crashing to the ground. Pedrosa was naturally furious at being punted off the podium and out of the race in the midst of his customary last lap charge for victory and could barely bring himself to comment on the matter. ´ There is little to say. I think everybody saw what happened. I had a clear chance of making the podium until Perugini stuffed me up. Perugini should not be allowed to pull these dirty moves.´

It was the Honda rider's first non-score of the year and the fact that Jenkner also trashed his hopes of narrowing the title chase will have been of little consolation to the determined Catalan.

On what proved to an unfortunate day for any rider with hopes of the Championship third placed rider Lucio Cecchinello also suffered a torrid time. The Italian and twice winner of a GP this season fell after losing the front end at Goddards corner while fighting in the leading group. He managed to remount but could only rescue six points for 10th position. ´ I am very disappointed for my mistake,´ he said. ´I made the wrong trajectory and I lost the front. Luckily I was able to rejoin the race because the damage was not so bad. In the end I achieved important points for the standing. In any case, I am happy to recover my competitiveness after two difficult GPs.´

The series now moves to the Sachsenring for Jenkner's home GP in two weeks time.

125cc, 2003

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