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Faubel – the only cause for celebration for Spanish fans in Estoril

Faubel – the only cause for celebration for Spanish fans in Estoril

Faubel – the only cause for celebration for Spanish fans in Estoril

After a great start to the MotoGP World Championship in Jerez, last Sunday's Grande Premio de Portugal in Estoril proved to be overall disappointing for the Spanish contingent in the race.

Having made a good start at Estoril and remaining the dominant force throughout most of the race, the "Spanish Army" didn't ride away with the victorious results that had been expected – with the exception of Aprilia Master Aspar rider Hector Faubel.

While 250cc star Dani Pedrosa was forced to settle for an unexpected fourth place behind Australian winner Casey Stoner, Italia's Andrea Dovizioso and Frenchman Randy de Puniet because of visibility and tyre problems, MotoGP rider Sete Gibernau had his race cut short, crashing out on lap 16, after having led most of the way.

Hector Faubel ended up being the only Spaniard with real cause to celebrate. Faubel – who started the race from the front row after finishing fourth at the qualification practice session – managed to take an impressive second place in the 125 category after an all-out sprint to the finish line with eventual winner Mika Kallio to take his first ever podium finish.

The Master Aspar Team rider rode alone behind Mika Kallio after Gabor Talmacsi's crash split the leading group in two. Eventually Faubel finished just 0.008 of a second behind Kallio to produce a spectacular photo finish

Speaking after the race, the Spaniard said, "My intention was to make a good start and be in the lead to try to escape. And that's how it went. Together with Mika, we began opening a gap over the rest of the riders.

"I had some problems in the braking areas and I noticed that the only way to overtake was being faster than him in the main straight, because my bike is faster than his. In the end, it hasn't been possible by eight thousands of a second.

"We've been very close, but I'm very satisfied with the result. Let's hope that we're able to be in the top in the next race. We've done a great job and I'd like to thank Jorge Martinez Aspar, the team and my sponsors, in general, all those who trusted in me."

Achieving the first podium in his career brings Faubel into third place in the general standings. He stands equal with Fabrizio Lai and is only two points behind Marco Simoncelli, in second place.

MotoGP, 2005, GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Hector Faubel

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