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Simoncelli on cloud nine after home win

Simoncelli on cloud nine after home win

Marco Simoncelli basked in the glory of a home victory on Sunday afternoon, and also defended himself against allegations of foul play.

A controversial victory it may have been, but for Marco Simoncelli a maiden win at his home circuit of Mugello could not be soured. Having had several brushes with the top step of the podium this season, the Metis Gilera rider finally clinched his first triumph in the quarter litre class on Sunday afternoon, and no amount of protestation from fallen challenger Hector Barbera could dampen his spirits.

Weighing in with his own version of events, Simoncelli expressed delight with the popular home win, and defended the move to block his Spanish rival.

`This is a long awaited victory. It´s been three years since I last won a Grand Prix, and to do it again here is fantastic. I´m absolutely delighted,´ beamed the Italian, who took no pleasure in seeing his frequent foe Barbera hit the ground.

`It was a good battle between him and myself, and I knew that he had a little bit more power in his engine. All I did was try to prevent him from taking advantage of my slipstream.

`He was very close to me, and I think that he clipped his brake and crashed because of that. That it turned out that way isn´t something that pleases me. It would have definitely been an even more beautiful victory to win at the end of the race, without anyone crashing.´

Simoncelli now has his sights set on the 250cc world title, with 28 points and a dip in form from current leaders Mika Kallio and Alex Debon separating him from the top of the standings.

`The championship is wide open. This win reduces the points difference between me and Kallio, so the important thing now is to fight for the victory race after race.´

250cc, 2008, Hector Barbera, Marco Simoncelli, Metis Gilera

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