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Aussie Stoner takes first GP win

03/11/2003 05:41:30 AM Comments (0)

Australia's Casey Stoner won his first Grand Prix when the 125cc rider triumphed in the Valencia Grand Prix, the final event of the world motorcycling championship.

He finished ahead of fellow Aprilia riders, Germany's Steve Jenkner and Spain's Hector Barbera who were second and third respectively.

"It's a great feeling to win. Especially to beat the Spanish riders at their home Grand Prix," said Stoner.

"I have finally got that victory after trying for so long.

"I really did not think it would happen at the last race because everyone tries so hard.

"I'm really happy to be up here"

The race was missing newly-crowned 2003 world champion Daniel Pedrosa who had decided not to race because of injury.

But that didn't detract from the drama as Stoner, Hector Barbera and Marco Simoncelli were all involved in a battle for first place throughout the opening half of the race.

But the 18-year-old Australian led for the majority of the Grand Prix and held off a succession of late passing attempts from Barbera who put in a last desperate attempt to get past Stoner.

However, he held on to win by two-tenths of a second with Jenkner getting the better of Barbera for second spot.

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