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New 250cc Donington winner to be crowned on Sunday

New 250cc Donington winner to be crowned on Sunday

British round guaranteed first-time victor in quarter-litre class.

Hiroshi Aoyama leads the 250cc class upon arrival in Great Britain, ten points ahead of Spanish rival Álvaro Bautista. The category will see a new Donington Park racewinner on Sunday afternoon, as nobody on the current grid has ever taken victory at the track in quarter-litre competition. With the title in the balance, such an honour would be a huge boost to either the Scot Racing Honda rider or the Mapfre Aspar man.

Whilst Aoyama and Bautista have breathing space at the top of the standings, behind them some dark horses are looming. Héctor Barberá is just eighteen points behind Bautista midway through one of his most consistent campaigns, riding for the PepeWorld team and targeting a move up to MotoGP in 2009.

Confirmed for a spot in the premier class lineup next year, Marco Simoncelli is remounting his title defence in the 250cc class. The Metis Gilera rider won the last round at Sachsenring in Germany from pole position, and has thirty-two points to make up in order to catch leader Aoyama.

Home representation in Great Britain will come from a selection of wildcards, headed by semi-regular participant Toby Markham. The local rider has two points from five appearances in 2009.

The British Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 26th July, with practice sessions beginning the preceding Friday.


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