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Pedrosa gains fourth win of the season in crash-strewn GP
Dani Pedrosa kept his head and extended his World Championship lead by five points by taking his fourth victory of the season and leading title rival Stefano Perugini over the line in Brno.Pedrosa completed a mature and confident performance in the last third of the GP when the Spaniard led Perugini and was not headed for the remainder of the duration. The race finished in contrast to how it began when six riders were squabbling for positions in typically frantic 125cc style. Pole position holder Alex De Angelis pulled out of the chase after seeming to miss a gear on the first corner and dropped back to 13th. The young rider from San Marino would regain his composure and produce a strong fight-back to claim the last spot on the podium by the chequered flag. The initial turn on the circuit was again the place for everybody's attention a few laps later when Lucio Cecchinello's Aprilia seized while leading and the resultant crash scooped up the luck-less Steve Jenkner dumping both riders in the gravel. A similar but much more spectacular incident occurred minutes later between Thomas Luthi and Pablo Nieto. This time it was Nieto who went down and Luti had nowhere to go but launch off the horizontal machine in front of him motocross style; both protagonists, who had been a part of the leading group, tumbled off track with Luthi's machines somersaulting and disintegrating. Pedrosa was now free at the front and keen to escape Perugini while De Angelis caught and won the battle for third between KTM's Mika Kallio (an excellent debut ride for the Finn and the Austrian's best result of the year with fourth), Hector Barbera and Andrea Dovisiozo. Pedrosa's win (after previously not gaining a podium for three GPs) now holds a lead of 25 points over Perugini, with Dovisiozo in third, De Angelis fourth and Cecchinello fifth.
14 years ago
14 years ago