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Lorenzo takes first GP win after fronting nine rider train in Rio

Lorenzo takes first GP win after fronting nine rider train in Rio

Lorenzo takes first GP win after fronting nine rider train in Rio

Jorge Lorenzo scored his first ever GP win, despite only 26 starts, this morning in Rio after a fantastic 125cc race. The 16 year old Spaniard becomes the seventh rider to have taken a victory in this years series.

Lorenzo showed his pace all through the weekend with regular top five positions in qualification and produced an aggressive and mature performance in the sunshine of Brazil to cut his way through a bustling leading group for his first taste of podium champagne, fittingly on the top step.

The 21 laps served up a typical 125cc scrap. Dani Pedrosa was an early leader after recovering from a poor start and making his way from a first lap position of 12th, but had to share the role of fronting the pack with Casey Stoner, Lorenzo and Alex de Angelis. The rabble also consisted of Pablo Nieto, Hector Barbera, Stefano Perugini, Andrea Dovizioso and Gabor Talmacsi.

Lorenzo, at last showing the progress the Spanish team have made with the Derbi machine, hit the front on the final circulation and defended his line well from the still injured Stoner while Pedrosa was trying to his best to oust De Angelis from 3rd but finally could not climb into the top three.

Lorenzo was naturally emotional on the podium afterwards as Pedrosa took some consolation in the fact that he has extended his World Championship lead to 42 points over Perugini who crossed the line in 7th.

Tags:
125cc, 2003

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