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One year ago at Jerez

One year ago at Jerez

One year ago at Jerez

Lucio Cecchinello triumphed for the second year in a row at Jerez in the third round of the 125cc World Championship and opened the door to the European stage of the 2003 series in the best way possible.

Cecchinello was part of a leading group that, as usual with the 125cc class, battled for supremacy over the opening laps. Before that pole position holder Pablo Nieto had hit the front ahead of countryman Dani Pedrosa and seemed to be stretching away before a broken gear lever forced him to retire.

Cecchinello led for the majority of the second half of the GP holding off Alex De Angelis, Pedrosa, and Stefano Perugini. German rider Steve Jenkner produced arguably the finest performance of the race after reducing a five second gap in fifth to catch the front pack and trade paint with his rivals.

Jenkner eventually made his way into lead on the last lap but was passed by Cecchinello with just a few corners to go and took a well-deserved second ahead of De Angelis in third. Pedrosa was cheered on by a noisy and packed Spanish crowd but was caught adrift in a physical tussle with Perugini and could only take fourth at the chequered flag. Casey Stoner was some way adrift in sixth after beating Hector Barbera, Youichi Ui, Andrea Dovizioso and Mirko Giansanti.

After three rounds Jenkner led the 125cc standings by six points from Pedrosa and Cecchinello, who were tied in second.


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