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Last year in Malaysia

Last year in Malaysia

Last year in Malaysia

Dani Pedrosa took his first win and podium in four races at Sepang last season to become the second youngest World Champion the sport has seen. The Spaniard finally lifted the 125cc crown after a season-long campaign of consistency that saw him only finish outside of the top six on three occasions. Pedrosa's fifth victory of 2003 was achieved in dominant fashion as he grabbed the lead going into the first corner and broke away from the pack by the end of the first lap with a three second advantage by the next few circulations.

The teenager, riding the factory Honda, was a solitary figure at the front and knew he only had to keep the machine upright upon receiving the signal after three laps that his only serious title rival Stefano Perugini had been forced to retire with mechanical problems.

The typical 125cc ‘freight train' behind the Champion-elect provided the excitement with pole position holder Jorge Lorenzo, Thomas Luthi, Mika Kallio and Masao Azuma swapping positions with regularity.

Kallio finally gave the KTM its first ever podium result in second place whilst Lorenzo gained his second top three result of the season in third and rounded off a rostrum of three different manufacturers.

Relive last year's race at Sepang by clicking the video link at the top of the page.


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