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Simoncelli keeps title fire burning with victory in Germany

Simoncelli keeps title fire burning with victory in Germany

Italian takes glorious win in restarted Sachsenring 250cc race.

Marco Simoncelli kept his title challenge alive with a win in the 250cc Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, his second victory of his World Championship defense.

As in 2008, the Metis Gilera rider broke free from the pack in the early going. This time, however, he had Álex Debón along for the ride. Simoncelli couldn’t shake the Spanish veteran despite his best attempts, although he had enough breathing space to prevent any overtaking moves.

Debón held on to second place, his first rostrum of the 2009 season, whilst behind him a fierce battle developed for the final podium spot. Álvaro Bautista took the trailing group up to his countryman on the final lap, but was unsuccessful in making a move on Debón despite putting in a circuit record lap. He did, however, get past title rival and series leader Hiroshi Aoyama to cut the gap in the standings to ten points.

Front row starter Héctor Barberá was the only other rider within touching distance of the top four, but even he was left behind by the final push from Bautista and Aoyama. Also involved in the fight, Mattia Pasini crashed his Team Toth Aprilia late on.

The race had been restarted after an initial lap when rain fell on the Sachsenring, but during the wait between starts the track was deemed to have dried sufficiently for the majority of riders to change back to slick tyres.


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