Le Mans : 125cc race
The fifth race of the season saw Bancaja Aspar's Sergio Gadea take his first ever victory at the Alice Grand Prix de France at Le Mans today.
Valsir Seedorf Derbi's Lukas Pesek extended his World Championship lead by crossing the line second,
whilst it was a superb day for 16 year old Englishman Bradley Smith of Repsol Honda who got his first ever podium finish in just his second season in Grand Prix racing.
Spaniard Gadea made a great start from sixth on the grid to do battle with Polaris World's pole man Mattia Pasini for the lead throughout the race - and took advantage when Pasini was forced to retire yet again with technical problems on lap 20.
In the early stages Pasini and Gadea were the two pace setters, leading the way in a front group of four, which also contained Smith, who had made his first ever front row start and Pesek, who was looking to maintain the momentum after his first ever victory in China two weeks ago.
Early on Team Sicilia's Lorenzo Zanetti and Red Bull KTM's Steve Bonsey crashed out of the race, with Andrea Iannone of WTR team following them off the track on the 15th lap.
The incredibly bad luck of race leader Pasini continued on the 20th lap as he was forced to retire from the race due to engine failure. After taking a fourth successive pole the Italian still has just 10 points so far this season - having been forced out of four of the first five races due to technical difficulties.
Gadea took advantage of Pasini's fate to hold the lead from Pesek over the final few laps, while Smith could not quite keep up with the more experience pair ahead of him and was more than happy to settle for third.
The 125cc class has seen five different men on the top step of the podium thus far in 2007, making for an open and exciting World Championship battle. Gabor Talmacsi sits second in the general classification having finished fourth today, though he is now nine points adrift of Pesek.
In fifth place at Le Mans was Pasini's Polaris World colleague Joan Olive, whilst Blusens Aprilia's Pablo Nieto crossed the line sixth.
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