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Simon clinches his first GP win in the rain at Donington

Simon clinches his first GP win in the rain at Donington

Simon clinches his first GP win in the rain at Donington

Julian Simon (Red Bull KTM) has taken his first GP win in the rain-drenched and interrupted betandwin.com British GP at Donington Park. The Spaniard finished ahead of Kopron Racing World pair Mike di Meglio and Fabrizio Lai. Marco Simoncelli (Nocable it.Race) finished in fourth ahead of Pablo Nieto (Caja Madrid Derbi Racing), Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand Prix) and poleman Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM), who had to settle for seventh position.

Joan Olivé (Nocable.it Race), local wild card rider Dan Linfoot (KPR) and Toshihisa Kuzuhara (Angaia Racing) completed the top ten.

Chaos ensued at Donington as the rain forced the race to be red-flagged after just eight laps. Race leader Alvaro Bautista was able to restart the race from the front despite crashing out on lap 8.

The race re-started under wet conditions and an intense shower to complete nine laps. Pasini fell during the second warm-up lap, while Kallio had to accept the last place on the grid as he had left the pits too late to join the pre-grid. Gabor Talmacsi (Red Bull KTM) rejoined the race after a crash and was finally forced to retire.

Bautista and his team-mate Aleix Espargaró crashed when they were catching the new leader Mike di Meglio, allowing Simon to chase for the win. With two laps to go, the Spaniard overtook the Frenchman and opened up a decisive gap to reach the chequered flag in first place.

After these results, Pasini and Talmacsi continue to maintain the shared leadership in general standings, but now with only a one-point cushion ahead of Luthi.

Tags:
125cc, 2005, betandwin.com BRITISH GRAND PRIX, RAC

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