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De Puniet wins at rain-soaked Donington Park

De Puniet wins at rain-soaked Donington Park

De Puniet wins at rain-soaked Donington Park

Randy de Puniet has taken victory in the betandwin.com British Grand Prix at Donington Park, making it into the coveted first step of the podium for the first time since his win at Catalunya last year. The Frenchman had to fend off the challenge of rain-master Anthony West, who gave KTM a podium in their quarter-litre-class debut. Casey Stoner completed the podium, missing on the opportunity to challenge for the win after an off-track excursion with two laps to go.

"It was a really tough race, with tricky track conditions," commented de Puniet. "Aoyama was very strong at the start of the race and I couldn't risk too much following him. It was a tough battle to the end, but it came well and this is a fantastic result. I really needed it after a long period without any victory."

At the start of the race, Andrea Dovizioso grabbed the holeshot, but on a soaking wet track, Hiroshi Aoyama was the fastest man. The Japanese rider took the lead before the end of the first lap ahead of de Puniet, while Dovizioso was relegated to third.

Aoyama then crashed out while leading before reaching the mid-race mark, giving up the first position to de Puniet. The Frenchman was then dicing with the impressive Anthony West, known to be one of the best wet riders of the class. The Aussie lived up to his reputation as he fiercely challenged for the lead on his brand new KTM 250, but a near-crash on the last lap gave de Puniet the advantage he needed to win the race.

A lacklustre race for Pedrosa saw the World Champion ending in a distant fourth position, ahead of Corsi, Porto and Dovisiozo. Lorenzo was eighth, while privateer riders Guintoli and Ballerini completed the top 10.

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250cc, 2005, betandwin.com BRITISH GRAND PRIX, RAC

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