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Pedrosa disappointed despite extending points lead

Pedrosa disappointed despite extending points lead

Pedrosa disappointed despite extending points lead

Dani Pedrosa ended Saturday's 125cc race feeling disappointed, despite having extended his points lead over nearest challenger Stefano Perugini to 42. The Spanish rider took fourth position in a race won by compatriot Jorge Lorenzo, with Perugini finishing seventh, but revealed that a mechanical problem in the second half of the race prevented him from challenging for victory. Meanwhile, a fourth successive third place for Alex De Angelis in Rio left the San Marino youngster just six points behind Perugini, and emerging as the strongest current rival to Pedrosa for the World Championship.

"I got a bad start but the bike was running perfectly, I felt comfortable and I had a good feeling through the corners," explains Pedrosa, who has been on the podium just once from the last six races. "I came back to lead the race but I saw that I couldn't escape so I decided to hold back and wait until the end to make my move. Four laps from the end the bike started to behave really strangely, as if the fuel wasn't getting through properly on the exits from the corners. I couldn't open the gas and the problem got gradually worse. I think one more lap and the engine would have completely shut down – it could be that a piston ring was faulty. I feel gutted because I know I could have won and, even though I have increased my points advantage, it would have been a major step towards the title."

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125cc, 2003, Dani Pedrosa

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