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Czech-mate as Pesek makes history

Czech-mate as Pesek makes history

Czech-mate as Pesek makes history

Last Sunday, Lukas Pesek wrote a new chapter in the history books of Derbi Racing and his home country the Czech Republic, which saw one of their riders step onto the podium for the first time in 125cc.

In addition to this feat, it had been 37 years since a Czech rider earned a rostrum finish in a World Championship Grand Prix. Bohumil Stasa's home race in Brno in 1971 in the 350cc category being the last recorded win for the country.

For Derbi Racing, this result is a promising start after a quiet 2005. The last podium for the team was Jorge Lorenzo's 250cc second place in 2004's Australian GP.

Ecstatic with the place, Pesek explained some of his feelings after completing the highlight of his career so far.

"I have dreamt many times about stepping up to the podium, and it has been really fantastic to make it reality. I now hope that my first victory comes soon," said the Czech.

"I knew that it would be a very hard race, and that I would have problems with the tyres. We chose a softer tyre in order to get into a groove on the first laps and then extend the lead. Everything has gone nearly perfectly, although when Bautista gave a small mid-race push I was having trouble with my rear brake overheating, so trying to follow him would be too risky. I concentrated fully, clocking fast times and watching the board to see exactly where the chasing group was at all times."

125cc, 2006, GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA, Lukas Pesek

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