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Kallio takes 125cc victory whilst Smith achieves highest finish

Kallio takes 125cc victory whilst Smith achieves highest finish

Kallio takes 125cc victory whilst Smith achieves highest finish

Defeated by Alvaro Bautista in the World Championship last weekend, Mika Kallio claimed a modicum of revenge over his rival with a last gasp victory-earning overtake at Twin Ring Motegi. The KTM rider and the Spaniard were battling amongst themselves in familiar scenes from this season, and Kallio was able to make his final manoeuvre stick and extend his lead just enough to pass the chequered flag first.

Kallio's fellow KTM rider Julian Simon also managed to stave off a Master MVA Aspar team attack, as he took a podium spot ahead of Mattia Pasini. Lukas Pesek and Hector Faubel completed the top six, ahead of highest finishing local rider Tomoyoshi Koyama and the spectacular Bradley Smith. The Briton was took a fantastic eighth from ninth on the grid, his best performance of the season and the highest finishing Honda rider in 125cc today, at a track he had only previously experienced in computer game form.

After Sergio Gadea crashed out on the final lap, Nico Terol managed to sneak into the top ten behind Gabor Talmacsi.

Tags:
125cc, 2006, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, RAC

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