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After 80 races Rolfo finally captures elusive victory

After 80 races Rolfo finally captures elusive victory

After 80 races Rolfo finally captures elusive victory

Roby Rolfo´s long 80 GP wait for a win ended this afternoon at the Sachsenring as the Honda rider emerged first from an exciting last lap finale in the 250cc race in Germany.

Rolfo started strongly and was always present at the front of the pack along with Randy De Puniet and Fonsi Nieto once the latter had pushed his way up the order thanks to some impressive lap-times. Rolfo, who led the race 12 months ago at the same venue for long periods, didn't seem in the mood to be outgunned in the German sunshine and quickly dropped the early race presence of pole position holder Seba Porto.

Manuel Poggiali, hovering in the mid top ten, ruled himself out of the running mid-way through the GP when he carried too much speed into the tricky cambered first turn, ran off the track and crashed on the lip of grass just before the gravel trap for surely what must be the slowest fall of the whole Championship year. The rider from San Marino went on to cross the line down in eighth but the careless error was costly in terms of maintaining his solid advantage in the standings.

Sylvain Guintoli, holding fourth as part of the clique at the front, struggled to live with the pace once Nieto had pushed through to third and hit the asphalt with seven laps to go. The race was left to a close dice between Nieto, De Puniet and Rolfo. Despite several attempts by De Puniet and Nieto in the final two laps, Rolfo remained resolute and emotionally pumped his fists as he saw the chequered flag.

The chase for the title now could not be any closer. Poggiali's lead has been clipped to just three points over Nieto with Rolfo in third trailing by seven.

250cc, 2003, Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

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