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Talmacsi: "Engine problem prevented easy victory"

Talmacsi: 'Engine problem prevented easy victory'

2007 125cc World,Champion Gabor Talmacsi's title defence got off to an inauspicious start in Qatar, with the Hungarian experiencing a mechanical problem that ruled him out of the running for an ‘easy victory' at the first ever floodlit Grand Prix.

2007 125cc World,Champion Gabor Talmacsi's title defence got off to an inauspicious start in Qatar, with the Hungarian experiencing a mechanical problem that ruled him out of the running for an ‘easy victory' at the first ever floodlit Grand Prix.

The Bancaja Aspar rider looked to be on course for a strong finish to the race, at which he had started from the front row of the grid, but instead had to settle for twelfth after a cruel blow on the final laps saw his Aprilia machine lose speed. Unable to match his performance from the 2007 race –his first victory of the year- Talmacsi had little choice but to push on outside the top ten as team-mate Sergio Gadea took victory and the early lead in the title chase.

"The engine broke twice. I used the clutch and was successful in restarting it, but the bike just wouldn't go," rued Talmacsi after his disappointing result.

"I don't know what to say; everything was going perfectly and I could have won easily. I thought that in the last five laps I could break away, but four laps before the finish my engine breaks."

Tags:
125cc, 2008, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Gabor Talmacsi, Bancaja Aspar Team

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