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Corsi takes Valencia win and World Championship runner-up spot

Corsi takes Valencia win and World Championship runner-up spot

Simone Corsi closed the 125cc season with a fourth victory of the year on Sunday morning, assuring the Italian the runner-up spot in the 2008 World Championship.

Corsi held his nerve in the face of challenges from Jack&Jones WRB teammate Nico Terol and World Champion Mike di Meglio over the duration of the race, eventually taking the chequered flag first in an exciting sprint to the line.

The race had begun with a near-collision between Corsi and Terol off the line, setting the tone for the forthcoming 24 laps. After Corsi and Di Meglio seemed to have broken away, an increased pace from a trailing trio and a mistake from the titlist let Terol back into the game. He held on to complete Jack&Jones WRB´s first one-two in the class.

Di Meglio had run wide on the penultimate lap, although kept his cool to limit the damage. The Frenchman rounded off the podium –his eighth time on the rostrum in 2008.

Just outside the top three, despite his best efforts, Bradley Smith placed fourth in his final race for Polaris World Aprilia. In a top five separated from the rest of the field by some twenty seconds, Sandro Cortese was also denied a podium finish as the pace was upped on the final laps.

Andrea Iannone, Tomoyoshi Koyama, Scott Redding, Pablo Nieto and Esteve Rabat made up the remainder of the top ten, with Nieto participating in his final Grand Prix before taking up a managerial role in MotoGP next season. There was no positive departure for 2007 World Champion Gabor Talmacsi, however, as the Hungarian was forced to retire from the race due to a mechanical problem. He took third in the season´s overall standings.

Early frontrunners Stefan Bradl and Sergio Gadea also DNF'ed when Bradl fell, taking the home rider with him.


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