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Perugini deprives Stoner and notches second GP win of the season

Perugini deprives Stoner and notches second GP win of the season

Perugini deprives Stoner and notches second GP win of the season

Stefano Perugini managed to win his second race of the season this morning at the Sachsenring without controversy after passing Casey Stoner on the penultimate lap and holding onto the lead after a typically frantic 125cc contest.

The leading group of Perugini, Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Alex De Angelis changed positions with regularity except for the solid speed of Stoner who fronted the race for the majority of the distance. Perugini seemed at one stage to be playing mind games with Pedrosa and the Championship leader would have easily been aware of the pair's run-in at Donington which caused the latter to crash out. The customary last lap charge never materialised from the Honda man and he dropped away slightly in fourth while De Angelis attempted a final corner assault on Stoner but was re-buffed. The young Australian gained his first ever and over due podium in second.

Pablo Nieto would surely have affected the leading group if his start had not been so bad. The Spaniard worked his way up to fifth from 18th and was gaining ground all the time but simply ran out of laps. British GP winner Hector Barbera was leading the race in the early laps until he was pulled into the pitlane for a harshly given jump start penalty which dropped the teenager down the order where he finished 14th.

Gabor Talmacsi, Andrea Dovizioso, Lucio Cecchinello, Simone Corsi and Mika Kallio completed the top ten.

Numerous riders hit the deck around the technically challenging course and perhaps the most surprising crashee was Steve Jenkner at his home GP and in his 100th race start. The Championship contender and Dutch TT winner did his title hopes no good whatsoever with his spill and retirement. He was joined prematurely in the pits by Arnaud Vincent, Masao Azuma, Youichi UI, Thomas Luthi. Jorge Lorenzo's quest for point lasted 10 seconds and ended with a fall on the first corner. The young Spanish Derbi rider managed to remount but crossed the line down in 21st. His team-mate Emilio Alzamora was forced to retire and has still to score any points after 8 races.

Pedrosa now has a 20 point advantage in the standings over Perugini, while Jenkner has slipped to fifth.

125cc, 2003, Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

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