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Last year at Estoril

Last year at Estoril

Last year at Estoril

Pablo Nieto finally earned his first ever Grand Prix victory in the 125cc race at Estoril last year, clinching a typically exciting affair by a bike's length ahead of his team-mate Hector Barbera and pole position holder Alex de Angelis.

The race had to be fully restarted after a crash between Youichi Ui and Marco Simoncelli on the opening lap caused the red flags to be brought out, but the race got underway cleanly the second time, with up to eleven riders lapping in the lead group before a breakaway chase between the three podium finishers and Dani Pedrosa.

After a typically close last lap victory went to Nieto, who won the drag race to the line to end a five year drought in Grand Prix racing without a win. Second place for Barberá was equally impressive, having started from 22nd place on the grid, whilst it later emerged that De Angelis had battled to third despite suffering from brake fade.

Stefano Perugini potentially ended his championship hopes when he crashed out. Despite attempts to rejoin the fray his Aprilia was in a worse state and he had to watch Pedrosa take fourth position and stretch out a 38 point advantage with just five races remaining.

Elsewhere, Lucio Cecchinello high-sided out of the second race in succession and collected Gino Borsoi, whose front wheel hit the unfortunate Italian's left arm. Thomas Luthi was an early faller and Steve Jenkner was forced to retire.

Get a taste of the action to come this weekend by enjoying the highlights from last year. Simply click on the link at the top of the page.


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