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Title race opens up for thrilling second half

Title race opens up for thrilling second half

Title race opens up for thrilling second half

The 125cc World Championship title race opened up into a four-way tussle at Donington Park last week after crashes for leading trio Dani Pedrosa, Steve Jenkner and Lucio Cecchinello allowed Andrea Dovizioso the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the standings with his third podium finish of the season. Despite missing out on his first ever victory to another teenager, Spanish sensation Hector Barbera, second place was enough to pull the 17 year old to within four points of his fellow Italian Cecchinello and just five behind Jenkner.

Pedrosa remains in control, however, with a 26 point advantage over the chasing pack despite his last lap Donington smash with the unpredictable Stefano Perugini, who is still not out of the reckoning as he lies just one point behind compatriot Dovizioso in fifth place. Jenkner makes his 100th Grand Prix start this weekend and will be roared on by an estimated crowd of 125,000 on Sunday as he goes in search of his first ever dry weather victory on home soil.

Whilst Barbera will be aiming to become the first man to take back to back wins in fifteen races, another man to watch could be Alex de Angelis, who finished second here last year to Arnaud Vincent and is still searching for his debut victory. For World Champion Vincent, meanwhile, this is the ideal opportunity to build on his best finish so far on the KTM having taken eighth place in the last round at Donington.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

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