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Taste of revenge so sweet for Aoyama

Taste of revenge so sweet for Aoyama

Jerez 250cc winner Hiroshi Aoyama was delighted to beat Álvaro Bautista in Spain, having lost out to the Spaniard in Japan a week earlier.

Starting the Gran Premio de España in sixth position and half a second off the pole position pace, Hiroshi Aoyama was far more comfortable during the race and put on a vintage display to hold off Álvaro Bautista on the very last lap.

Aoyama had 120,000 passionate Spaniards pushing against him off track - and on track he came under immense pressure from title candidate and crowd favourite Bautista who was desperate to give the home fans a Spanish victory.

Roles were reversed in an epic race at the Jerez circuit as Aoyama took sweet revenge a week after Bautista had beaten him in Motegi in another superb 250cc contest.

The Japanese rider commented afterwards, “It was a really hard battle right until the end, but I was so motivated because in the last race, which was at home for me, Álvaro beat me and I was second. So I really wanted to beat him in his own home race and we did it so I am very happy about that.”

Coming out on top in a race which saw the first four riders cross the line within less than 2.8s of each other, Aoyama outfought Bautista, World Champion Marco Simoncelli and additional home rider Héctor Barberá – who had all started ahead of him on the grid. The win also took Aoyama four points ahead of Bautista at the head of the general standings.

He added, “It was a tough race and was very exciting as it went right up to the last lap and the last corner. I enjoyed it a lot and the bike and tyres went really well. On Saturday it was a difficult situation in qualifying, but anyway we got ready well for the race so the bike was great to ride.”


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