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Dovizioso win takes 250cc title race to final round

Dovizioso win takes 250cc title race to final round

Dovizioso win takes 250cc title race to final round

The scene has been set for a final race showdown in the 250cc class, with Andrea Dovizioso taking victory at Portugal with an inspired ride. The Italian's consistency in the category has never been in doubt, but he firmly established himself as a big race rider when the chips were down.

Needing victory to give himself the best possible chance of edging out Jorge Lorenzo for the title this season, Dovizioso proved himself up to the task to take his second victory of 2007. He was given a tough time in the final stages by Hiroshi Aoyama, who was looking for consecutive victories in the quarter litre category and exchanged a series of daring overtaking manoeuvres with the Humangest Honda rider.

Alex de Angelis, still looking for his first victory, stalked the front two waiting to pounce on any mistake, but finally had to settle for yet another podium spot. He came in ahead of Roberto Locatelli, who had led for seven laps after a flying start from pole.

Jorge Lorenzo, who could have crowned himself champion today, wasn't able to achieve the result needed to clinch the crown after coming in fifth. If he is to lift his maiden title this season, then it will come in his homeland at Valencia in two weeks time.

Yuki Takahashi, Marco Simoncelli and Sylvain Guintoli completed the top eight, ahead of Anthony West and Hector Barbera, who suffered an early crash.


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