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Lorenzo claims last lap 125cc Czech victory
22 August 2004
Jorge Lorenzo took another breathtaking victory in the 125cc class at the Czech Republic today, with a last-lap charge which seems to have become his speciality.
Andrea Dovizioso had threatened to repeat his dominant win at Donington Park with an early break but was hauled in by the pack and had to fight all the way to the line to clinch second place.
Roberto Locatelli battled through from 30th on the first lap to take third in a dramatic finale, whilst Casey Stoner crashed out of second place on the second lap and Hector Barberá could only manage seventh – further strengthening Dovizioso's grip on the class.
The young Italian now leads by 36 points from Locatelli.
Lorenzo - 1st:
“I'm very happy with this victory. It was fun and very exciting. I didn't think I could catch the lead group midway through, but I finally managed to reach them. On the final lap it was win or crash and I did everything to win.”
Dovizioso - 2nd:
“I'm not so happy with second and a little disappointed with some of the manoeuvres that occurred throughout the race, particularly on the main straight and in the brazing zones. But in terms of the championship the result is good.”
Locatelli - 3rd:
“After the first five laps I realised that I could catch the lead group because there was a steady stream of riders leading up to them. But it is incredible to start so far back and finish on the podium. Thanks to all my squad.”
125cc top ten – Czech Grand Prix:
1. Lorenzo (Derbi)
2. Dovizioso (Honda) +0.036secs
3. Locatelli (Aprilia) +0.146secs
4. Nieto (Aprilia) +0.186secs
5. Borsoi (Aprilia) +1.105secs
6. Jenkner (Aprilia) +1.197secs
7. Barbera (Aprilia) +1.579secs
8. Giansanti (Aprilia) +1.587secs
9. Corsi (Honda) +12.488secs
10. Simon (Honda) 12.523secs
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