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Takahashi takes 250cc victory as Dovizioso suffers heartbreak

Takahashi takes 250cc victory as Dovizioso suffers heartbreak

Takahashi takes 250cc victory as Dovizioso suffers heartbreak

Yuki Takahashi took his first victory of 2006 in the 250cc Alice Grand Prix of France, snatching victory from Humangest team-mate Andrea Dovizioso on the finishing line. The Japanese rider extends the Italian's search for his first win in the quarter litre category after a heartbreaking finale for Dovizioso in which the two battled tooth and nail on the final laps.

The fight for third place saw brothers Shuhei and Hiroshi Aoyama pulling no punches in search of valuable world championship points. Shuhei, younger by three years, managed to hold off his sibling for a superb first podium of the season.

Alex de Angelis, in contention for a rostrum place for a large percentage of the race, finished fifth ahead of Roberto Locatelli, who was involved in a crash with Jorge Lorenzo which put the Spaniard out of the race. Hector Barbera, Marco Simoncelli, Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz completed the top ten ahead of Anthony West, who dropped down when the expected rainfall failed to arrive.

Tags:
250cc, 2006, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, RAC

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