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Simón takes comprehensive win in tricky conditions

Simón takes comprehensive win in tricky conditions

Bancaja Aspar rider Julián Simón took his first win since 2005 on Sunday in treacherous conditions at the Grand Prix de France.

Julián Simón put his Jerez heartbreak behind him with a masterful display in the 125cc race at Le Mans on Sunday, dealing brilliantly with the difficult conditions to come from seventh on the grid to win by 27 seconds.

The Spaniard rode carefully in the opening laps as several riders crashed out on the wet track, and then took control to extend a lead at the front, riding a lonely race to go top of the general standings after four races of his 125cc comeback.

In second place German 15 year-old Jonas Folger (Ongetta Racing I.S.P.A.) also put his Spanish GP disappointment out of his mind with a battling display from 16th on the grid, riding beyond his years to take his first podium in just his tenth race.

On another good day for the Bancaja Aspar team Sergio Gadea completed the rostrum places, with his team-mate Bradley Smith doing a professional job to bring his Aprilia home in fourth and collect more valuable championship points.

Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami (Ongetta Racing I.S.P.A.) and Swiss competitor Dominique Aegerter (Ajo Interwetten) were fifth and sixth respectively, whilst Andrea Iannone (Ongetta Racing I.S.P.A.) remounted from a first lap crash to finish seventh.

Efrén Vázquez (Derbi Racing Team) was eighth, double crasher Nico Terol (Jack & Jones Team) finished ninth and Lorenzo Zanetti (Ongetta Racing I.S.P.A.) was tenth.

In an accident strewn race the big names amongst those who crashed out included Simone Corsi (Jack&Jones Team), Danny Webb (Degraaf Grand Prix), Marc Márquez (Red Bull KTM), Joan Olivé (Derbi Racing Team) and Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing).


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