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Kallio wins in Estoril to claim his first 125 victory

Kallio wins in Estoril to claim his first 125 victory

Kallio wins in Estoril to claim his first 125 victory

Mika Kallio has won the betandwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal in Estoril after a thrilling fight for victory against Spains Hector Faubel that was so close it ended in a photo finish.

The win saw Kallio claim the first grand prix victory of his four-year career riding in the 125 category. Kallio who is now the first Finn to win a 125 GP was up against stiff competition from Master Aspar rookie Hector Faubel, who took second, and the Swiss Elit Grand Prix rider Thomas Lüthi, who went on to take third place after making a strong recovery from an incident in the early stages of the race.

As the race started, Kallio temporarily conceded the lead to team-mate Gabor Talmacsi, but the Hungarian crashed out coming out of the corkscrew chicane forcing second-placed Lüthi off the track. Lüthi rejoined the race in ninth position before regaining ground.

Once back in the lead, Kallio quickly escaped from the rest of the pack, only followed by Hector Faubel. The two riders had a tight last-lap battle after swapping positions several times. The Spaniard made a last attempt to pass the KTM rider at the exit of the last corner, failing by only 0.008s. Thomas Lüthi eventually took third, just three seconds behind the leaders. Its his first podium since Catalunya 2003.

Fabrizio Lai took fourth place ahead of Manuel Poggiali, who emerged victor from an intense battle for fifth place that involved Tomoyoshi Koyama, Alvaro Bautista, Mattia Pasini, Julian Simon, Marco Simoncelli and Mike di Meglio.

Kallio now takes the lead of the Championship with a 14-point gap over Marco Simoncelli. Hector Faubel moves up to third. In the constructors standings, KTM is tied on points with Aprilia (45 points) and Honda is third with 32 points.

Tags:
125cc, 2005, betandwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, RAC

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