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Kallio wins crash-marred race

Kallio wins crash-marred race

Kallio wins crash-marred race

Red Bull KTM's Mika Kallio won the 125 Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, which was red-flagged with seven laps to go. As Manuel Poggiali crashed in the back straight and his Gilera was left lying in the middle of the track, the race direction had to stop the race and the final positions were judged on the 20th lap classification.

Honda's Thomas Lüthi and Aprilia's Marco Simoncelli completed the podium as they formed the leading group with Kallio, but also Gabor Talmacsi. With fourth, the Hungarian conceded the Championship lead to Lüthi, and also saw his team-mate Kallio getting ahead of him in the overall standings.

Mattia Pasini, who was tied on points with Talmacsi at the top of the Championship table before this race, was one of the many riders who crashed out. At the start of the race, an incident in the middle of the pack saw four riders going out of the track in the very first corner (Kuzuhara, Pirro, Terol and Bautista). On the next lap, Iannone and Faubel clashed and retired. Further incidents involved Gadea, di Meglio and Koyama - only 25 of the 41 riders qualified on the grid made it to the 20th lap.

Donington debut winner Julian Simon took fifth ahead of Lukas Pesek and Fabrizio Lai. Joan Olive finished in eighth, just like last week at the British GP, while Spanish rookie Aleix Espargaro secured his second top 10 finish of the year ahead of Pablo Nieto.


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