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Lorenzo begins title defence in style

Lorenzo begins title defence in style

Jorge Lorenzo began the defence of his 250cc world title in the best possible way, taking a convincing victory in Qatar.

Jorge Lorenzo began the defence of his 250cc world title in the best possible way, taking a convincing victory in Qatar. The Spaniard was only troubled in the early stages of the race, when he had to work his way past quarter litre debutant Thomas Luthi after the Swiss rider took an impressive holeshot. After that, Lorenzo broke away with a consistent cushion of around a second, imposing his own rhythm on the race.

Alex de Angelis took second after an impressive performance, having set a series of fastest race laps at the midway point to join up with the trailing group. He then progressed past both Luthi and Barbera to cap a fine season start for the San Marino rider.

For Barbera, the first race for Team Toth was a chance to prove his quality in the quarter litre category. Having been on the pace during practice, he stormed out of the blocks before engaging in a duel with Luthi for the final podium place. Although Barbera's place was well deserved, few would have begrudged the Swiss rider a rostrum finish at his maiden Grand Prix appearance. He was followed by Andrea Dovizioso in fifth, the fastest Honda of the day, and Roberto Locatelli. The Metis Gilera veteran almost had a repeat performance of last year's astonishing comeback through the field, and eventually capped off the top six. Yuki Takahashi, Julian Simon, Marco Simoncelli and Shuhei Aoyama completed the first ten past the line.

Mika Kallio had to pull into the pits after suffering a mechanical problem on the final laps, ending what had been a good race for the KTM rider. His team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama was also out of luck, crashing on lap two to be joined by Alvaro Bautista.

Tags:
250cc, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, RAC

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