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A new star emerges in the unpredictable minor class

A new star emerges in the unpredictable minor class

A new star emerges in the unpredictable minor class

Marco Simoncelli became the latest of a string of youngsters to enjoy a dream weekend in the 125cc World Championship with pole position and victory at Jerez. The 17 year old Italian was the eighth rider to score a debut Grand Prix success in the last twelve races, matching the achievement of his teenage compatriot Andrea Dovizioso in South Africa two weeks previously and that of Steve Jenkner, Hector Barbera, Pablo Nieto, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Ballerini and Casey Stoner before him.

In just three days the gangly youngster established a reputation as much more than just a friend of Valentino Rossi, with whom he occasionally trains, taking his place in the illustrious history of the series and establishing himself as a serious contender for future success.

"This was my first podium and my first victory both at the same time so I am really very happy," commented Simoncelli, who took a clear victory after Stoner ditched a ten second lead with less than three laps to go.

"I had hoped that the weather would be better after the wet conditions yesterday, but we found a good setting in the morning warm-up and I felt really comfortable. I made no mistakes and just kept my concentration all the way.

"It was a real shame for Casey, I am sorry for him, but I am so glad to have won."

Simoncelli's victory extends a record run of races in the 125cc class without a back-to-back winner to an incredible 25. The last man to win consecutive races was Arnaud Vincent at Donington and Sachsenring in 2002 - a feat which will now sit highly on Simoncelli's agenda as he prepares for round three of the season at Le Mans next week.


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