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Aoyama takes popular home victory whilst Lorenzo extends lead

Aoyama takes popular home victory whilst Lorenzo extends lead

Aoyama takes popular home victory whilst Lorenzo extends lead

Hiroshi Aoyama was the crowd-pleasing victor of the 250cc A-Style Grand Prix of Japan this afternoon, edging out Alex de Angelis at his home race. Meanwhile, Jorge Lorenzo extended his lead over Andrea Dovizioso in the championship by three points to 27, after relegating the Italian to fourth place for the second consecutive race.

After de Angelis took the holeshot with a fantastic reflex start, a four rider pack developed as the San Marino rider duked it out with Aoyama, Yuki Takahashi and Dovizioso. Takahashi would prove pivotal to the race, as a crash at the midway point directly in front of Dovizioso slowed the Italian down, allowing him to be caught by the previously off-pace Lorenzo.

Roberto Locatelli, who also had one of his trademark shotgun starts, took fifth, ahead of Shuhei Aoyama, Hector Barbera and wild card rider Ryuji Yokoe. Marco Simoncelli and Ratthapark Wilairot completed the top ten.

Tags:
250cc, 2006, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, RAC

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