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Debon tyre gamble brings maiden 250cc victory in Le Mans

Debon tyre gamble brings maiden 250cc victory in Le Mans

In his 112th World Championship race, Alex Debon finally achieved his maiden victory in Le Mans.

A last-minute tyre gamble paid dividends for Alex Debon in Le Mans, as the Lotus Aprilia rider took his first World Championship victory in an inspired performance.

With the French track still wet from the deluge experienced during the 125cc race, poleman Debon elected to run a full slick on his factory Aprilia machine. As the sun dried out the race, the Spaniard racked up circuit record after circuit record to take a huge lead, one that he maintained until crossing the chequered flag.

After 112 races, the popular veteran could finally step onto the top step of the podium. The remaining rostrum places were more closely contested, with Metis Gilera´s Marco Simoncelli once again pulling an aggressive final lap move. He took second, with the recipient of the manoeuvre Mattia Pasini completing the rostrum onboard his Polaris World Aprilia.

Unlucky to finish outside the top three, after leading the charge to catch up with Debon, JiR Team Scot´s Yuki Takahashi took fourth place. Mika Kallio held onto his World Championship lead with fifth, despite nearest rival Pasini´s podium finish.

The top ten was completed by Manuel Poggiali, Hiroshi Aoyama, Julian Simon, Aleix Espargaro and Hector Faubel.


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