Pesek loses control and World Championship lead on last corner

Monday, 4 June 2007

In a cruel twist of luck at the end of the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice 125cc contest, Lukas Pesek crashed out of contention for further crucial World Championship points on the final corner of the race.

In a cruel twist of luck at the end of the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice 125cc contest, Lukas Pesek crashed out of contention for further crucial World Championship points on the final corner of the race.

Pesek started the race as World Championship leader, but left without points to his name after crashing at the end of the final lap and being unable to remount his Valsir Seedorf Derbi machinery.

The race was won by Hector Faubel, while fellow title contender Gabor Talmacsi finished fourth for the third race in succession, meaning that the Bancaja Aspar team-mates both moved above Pesek in the general classification.

Despite qualifying for the race in eighth, his worst grid position of 2007 so far, Pesek was confident of a good result at Mugello, where he took the second podium of his career last year, finishing third.

Having missed the podium just once this season before his Italian excursion and having made history in China as the first Czech rider to win in any class of Grand Prix racing since 1966, Pesek was aiming for another decent points haul at his team's home race.

But with team collaborator and recent Champions' League winner Clarence Seedorf looking on from the stands, the race ended in frustration and without reward for the 21 year-old Pesek, who will aim to bounce straight back at Catalunya where he was fifth last year.

At the end of a disappointing Grand Prix weekend, Pesek commented: "I made a mistake. I tried to recover the gap of four seconds with eight laps to go. It looked possible for me and I recovered some positions but the tyre went off and in the last corner I crashed out. I lost the championship lead but we have still many races to go."

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