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Lucio Cecchinello analyses the race at the Sachsenring

Lucio Cecchinello analyses the race at the Sachsenring

Lucio Cecchinello analyses the race at the Sachsenring

Lucio Cecchinello, rider and owner of the Safilo Oxido-LCR team, explained to motograndprix.com the reasons for his somewhat subdued Cinzano Grand Prix of Germany, where he finished eighth. After the race last weekend, the rider from Venice now holds third position in the standings, trailing his countryman Perugini by 12 points and leader Dani Pedrosa by 32:

`Before anything, I have to say that I am really happy with all that Casey (Stoner) achieved this weekend because he made a great race at the Sachsenring. We have worked really hard for what is a long season and after last weekend we can see the value of our labours and the maturation of Casey.

With respect to me, I have to say that since I won in Mugello I haven't enjoyed the best of luck. I gained nothing in Catalunya because the engine broke, nothing in Assen, because we had a lot of problems in practice and then the rain on Saturday, then finally nothing in Donington, where we had a new mechanical problem in the race and I could not continue. I was hoping for much better in Germany but various factors conspired against me. On one side we were making adjustments to try and improve the chassis and not really finding the right path. Also added to this were various glitches with the electrics and suspension. On the other side (and the main problem) I had a fracture of the scaphoid in my right arm since the GP of Valencia last year, and in Germany, with so many left turns, it was pretty difficult to ride and maintain concentration.

In the race I tried to pass Pedrosa on two occasions and both times I almost ended up on the ground. After the second attempt I decided that it wasn't going to be my day and decided to approach the race in a more conservative way. I have to accept that some GPs will be like this. Whatever the case I am third in the Championship and my objective is still to fight as much as I can for the title. Now I want to take advantage of the summer break with a few days rest. I don't think I will travel, instead rest in Monte Carlo and plan some activities down by the beach, (swim and enjoy some time with friends) and take care of the work with the team. Right now my technical chief is with me and in the next few days, we will be studying to try and find some improvements for the bikes. See you in Brno!´

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125cc, 2003

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