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Estoril 2005: Kallio takes photo-finish

Estoril 2005: Kallio takes photo-finish

Estoril 2005: Kallio takes photo-finish

Mika Kallio won the 2005 125cc Grande Premio de Portugal in Estoril after a thrilling fight for victory against Spain's Hector Faubel that was so close it ended in a photo finish.

The win saw Kallio claim the first grand prix victory of his four-year career riding in the 125 category. Kallio was up against stiff competition from Master Aspar rookie Faubel, who took second, and the Swiss Elit Grand Prix rider Thomas Lüthi, who went on to take third place after making a strong recovery from an incident in the early stages of the race.

As the race started, Kallio temporarily conceded the lead to team-mate Gabor Talmacsi, but the Hungarian crashed out coming out of the ‘corkscrew' chicane forcing second-placed Lüthi off the track. Lüthi rejoined the race in ninth position before regaining ground.

Once back in the lead, Kallio quickly escaped from the rest of the pack, followed only by Faubel. The two riders had a tight last-lap battle after swapping positions several times. The Spaniard made a last attempt to pass the KTM rider at the exit of the last corner, failing by only 0.008s. Lüthi eventually took third, just three seconds behind the leaders. It's his first podium since Catalunya 2003.

Fabrizio Lai took fourth place ahead of Manuel Poggiali, who emerged victor from an intense battle for fifth place that involved Tomoyoshi Koyama, Alvaro Bautista, Mattia Pasini, Julian Simon, Marco Simoncelli and Mike di Meglio.

125cc, 2006, GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Mika Kallio

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