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Simoncelli rounds off a perfect weekend in style

Simoncelli rounds off a perfect weekend in style

Simoncelli rounds off a perfect weekend in style

Marco Simoncelli won the 125 World Championship opener at Jerez, the Gran Premio Marlboro de España, ahead of Mika Kallio and Fabrizio Lai.

Last year, the Aprilia rider took his first victory at the Andalusian track in a rain-soaked race marred by many incidents, but this time, he dominated the proceedings from the first day of free practice, the only glitch being a crash in the final qualifying practice.

"It's really fantastic, that's a great result. It was a very tough race, with extreme conditions: strong winds and lots of dust," said Simoncelli after the race. "I'm very happy, but now we have to keep going like that !"

At the start of the race, KTM's Mika Kallio grabbed the pole-spot ahead of team-mate Gabor Talmacsi, but it was eventually Mattia Pasini who completed the first lap in the lead, while pole-man Simoncelli was only seventh.

After a few laps, Thomas Lüthi took the first position of the leading pack, having to fend off the assaults of Honda factory colleague Fabrizio Lai and Derbi rider Pablo Nieto.

Soon after the mid-race mark was reached, Simoncelli hit the front and immediately started to open the gap on Lüthi and Lai. The battle for second between the two Honda riders was cut short by a mechanical incident for the youngster from Switzerland.

In the few last laps, Lai, Nieto and Kallio were involved in a intense final tussle for second as Simoncelli built up a 3 seconds advantage: Nieto crashed with less than 3 laps to go and Kallio eventually overtook Lai in the very last corner to secure the third podium of his career.

Pasini took fourth ahead of Talmacsi. Poggiali. Faubel, Olive, Simon and Hernandez completed the top 10.

Tags:
125cc, 2005, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE ESPAÑA, RAC

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