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Aoyama closes on third spot

Aoyama closes on third spot

Aoyama closes on third spot

Hiroshi Aoyama clinched his fourth podium finish of the season in Sunday's 250cc race at the new Istanbul Park circuit, taking third behind Aprilia's Casey Stoner and Movistar Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

Aoyama battled for third with Alex de Angelis who eventually crashed out on the last lap of the race to hand the Honda man another trip to the rostrum. The Japanese rider is now just 12 points off third place in the World Championship standings, currently held by his Honda factory colleague Andrea Dovizioso.

"It was a tough race, as I expected, but I am proud to be on the podium," said Aoyama. "I really wanted to do so after getting up there in the last few races and the team really worked hard to enable me to do so. These races are very important for me and today we did a good job."

"On the last lap I blocked off all De Angelis' moves; in the end we touched and I was worried I might have fallen. Now we are heading back home and I'm looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere and ending the season well at Valencia."

250cc, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Hiroshi Aoyama

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