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Locatelli claims 125cc Sachsenring win
18 July 2004
Roberto Locatelli demonstrated that his 125cc world championship challenge is far from over today in Germany, as he claimed his second victory of the season.
Locatelli burst from the second group in the final stages of the race to contest victory with Hector Barberá, Pablo Nieto and Andrea Dovizioso, after Marco Simoncelli was ruled out of the fight for victory with a ride-through penalty for overtaking under a yellow flag.
Barberá eventually claimed second place, with Nieto edging out Dovizioso by 0.009secs for the final podium slot.
Locatelli now moves back ahead of Barberá to second in the championship by two points, with Dovizioso hanging on to his series lead by seven.
Locatelli – 1st:
"My race was incredible because I had to close a four-second gap to catch the first group. I managed to do it and after that I pushed to my maximum and it was possible to win – it's a very, very good day."
Barbera – 2nd:
"I'm fairly happy with second. The lead group was very fast, people like Pablo and Dovizioso, but I didn't realise Locatelli was with us so that was a surprise at the end. I'm hoping to improve further in the next few races."
Nieto – 3rd:
"It was a very hard race, with a typical last lap 125cc battle. I managed to pass Dovizioso at the last corner but we almost touched. I'm very happy to get third."
125cc German Grand Prix – top ten:
1. Locatelli (Aprilia)
2. Barbera (Aprilia) +0.165secs
3. Nieto (Aprilia) +0.706secs
4. Dovizioso (Honda) +0.715secs
5. Kallio (KTM) +1.073secs
6. Lorenzo (Derbi )+1.076secs
7. Bautista (Aprilia) +1.283secs
8. Giansanti (Aprilia) +1.459secs
9. Simon (Honda) +9.636secs
10. Simoncelli (Aprilia) +11.821secs
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