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Aoyama takes Dutch win as Bautista falters

Aoyama takes Dutch win as Bautista falters

Scot Racing rider wins second race of 2009 at Alice TT Assen.

Hiroshi Aoyama claimed his second win of the 2009 season at the 250cc Alice TT Assen, taking the leadership of the World Championship as a consequence.

The Scot Racing rider’s immediate rival, Álvaro Bautista, had looked to be on course to push Aoyama to the line as the duo broke free and dashed for the chequered flag. However, Mapfre Aspar rider Bautista smashed into the back of Aoyama’s Honda on the fast chicane, ending the Spaniard’s race and leaving the race winner lucky to stay upright. Regaining his composure, Aoyama nursed his machine across the line for an exhilarating win.

Bautista´s late retirement meant that the battle behind him became one for the runner-up spot, with poleman Héctor Barberá eventually getting the better of reigning World Champion Marco Simoncelli.

Mattia Pasini and Thomas Luthi ended their hopes of catching up with the leaders when they collided midway through the race, Pasini losing his fourth position in the overall classification with a third DNF of the year. Metis Gilera rider Simoncelli now assumes the place as he attempts to remount his title challenge.

Fourth place in the race went to Aleix Espargaró, as the Balatonring stand-in rounded off one of the best Grand Prix weekends of his career. He emerged on top in a close tussle with the experienced Roberto Locatelli.

There was a big early crash for Japanese rookie Shoya Tomizawa, and a further fall for Frenchman Jules Cluzel.

Tags:
250cc, 2009, ALICE TT ASSEN, RAC

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