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Corsi delights Mugello with home 125cc victory

Corsi delights Mugello with home 125cc victory

Simone Corsi opened up the action in Mugello with a home victory in a breathtaking 125cc sprint finish.

A home race win and the lead of the 125cc World Championship was just reward for Simone Corsi, coming out on top in a sprint to the line. The Jack&Jones WRB Italian star made a phenomenal move at the start of the twentieth and final lap and held on for his third win of the 2008 season.

As the riders had expected, the race was almost as tightly packed as the Mugello grandstands, with nobody able to break away even by the midway stage. Battles for the lead took place at every corner for the duration of the race, leaving a last lap sprint between the lower cylinder class stars to decide the final placings. Never one to shy away from a risky manoeuvre, Corsi took a gamble to pass four of his lower cylinder class rivals, and on this occasion fortune favoured the brave.

Unable to break away after taking the holeshot, World Champion Gabor Talmacsi also left it late, the Bancaja Aspar rider pick-pocketing Pol Espargaro by little more than a wheel´s length as the podium places were decided. Belson Derbi rider Espargaro took his second rostrum of the season, the youngster supervised by his older rivals in taking a deserved swig of the Cava after an exhausting effort.

Conceding the lead in the standings by virtue of race wins, Mike di Meglio was off the podium for the first time in three races in fourth place, whilst fifth went to a rider favoured to win heading into the final lap. Polaris World rider Bradley Smith held the lead as the riders prepared for the ultimate time around the track, but the injured Briton conceded the place and a spot on the podium.

Sergio Gadea, Nico Terol, Sandro Cortese, Joan Olive and Stefan Bradl completed the top ten, separated by less than 5.5 seconds from Corsi.


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