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Fonsi Nieto explains his disappointing result at Brno

Fonsi Nieto explains his disappointing result at Brno

Fonsi Nieto explains his disappointing result at Brno

In one of the most exciting 250cc races of the year, involving three of the main contenders for the World Championship crown, Fonsi Nieto was forced to miss out on the fun and conform with sixth place after his Aprilia was dogged by technical problems just a few laps into the race. The Spaniard, who started from the front row and looked set for a starring role in the race after some consistently quick times all weekend, was frustrated at losing out on fifth place to Sebastian Porto just a couple of laps from the end but left Brno in satisfied mood as he hung on to second place in the championship.

"In the morning warm-up we set the best time of the weekend, I had a good rhythm and I was convinced I would be up there in the race," explained Nieto, who now lies nine points behind series leader Manuel Poggiali and one point ahead of Roby Rolfo. "The bike did not go as it had this morning and from the fifth lap I realised that I would not be able to stay with the front group. The bike was losing power and even the Hondas were quicker down the straight. Lap after lap Rolfo was escaping and I couldn't get him back, so I decided to think about the championship and settle for fifth place.

"Two laps from the end I was passed by Porto and I couldn't do anything. I was a little angry because I thought I could fight for victory but that is racing and I can't change it now. The other frustrating thing is that whenever Toni does well, I have problems and vice versa – it is a shame that we haven't been up there together in the same race yet because it would be a nice duel. Anyway, more important than that is that I am second in the championship and I picked up some crucial World Championship points."

250cc, 2003, Pablo Nieto

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