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The misfortunes of Mattia Pasini

The misfortunes of Mattia Pasini

So far in 2007 Mattia Pasini has been experiencing the kind of bad luck usually reserved for those prone to walking under ladders and breaking mirrors.

So far in 2007 Mattia Pasini has been experiencing the kind of bad luck usually reserved for those prone to walking under ladders and breaking mirrors. The Polaris World rider is yet to put any points on the board in a season where he was firmly highlighted as a title contender, even though he has taken two pole positions and another front row from the opening three races.

Pasini's cruel fortune began during the first race of the season in Qatar, when he suffered a mechanical problem at the end of the first lap which pushed him down the field. He struggled on, but was eventually forced to retire as rivals Hector Faubel and Gabor Talmacsi duked it out for the victory. It was a familiar pattern for Pasini, who could only hope to kickstart his season in earnest at the next race at Jerez.

On a mission, the Italian took pole ahead of Talmacsi and Lukas Pesek on Spanish soil, but was unable to enjoy the fruits of his labour on race day. Pasini broke down on the warm up lap and had to walk his bike to pit lane, starting from the back of the grid as a result. Looking to at least salvage something from the weekend, the Polaris World rider blazed his way up the field only to crash into the back of Repsol Honda's Bradley Smith towards the end of lap one. To add to his woes, the 125cc podium once again consisted of Talmacsi, Pesek and Faubel.

The 21 year old put himself on pole for a second time at the most recent round, and it was perhaps nerves that caused him to stall his bike on the line whilst preparing for the red light to go out. After a great start, Pasini looked to be on course for his first points and a possible battle for victory, but dropped down the field after yet more mechanical problems on lap four. Determined to continue, he struggled on in seventeenth place, at least on course to complete his first Grand Prix of the season, until a final slap in the face from Lady Luck. Needing to go round the Istanbul Park track just one more time, Pasini was forced into retirement after his bike finally gave up the ghost.

As the World Championship heads to China, surely nobody could begrudge Pasini a repeat of his 2006 second place. However, crisis talks are sure to be taking place between the Italian and his Polaris World team as they look to turn his season around.

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Mattia Pasini

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