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250cc racewinner Aoyama reviews Donington drama

250cc racewinner Aoyama reviews Donington drama

World Championship leader explains speedy start and managing leading gap.

Sometimes in racing there is good luck, sometimes bad luck. Sometimes riders make their own luck. British Grand Prix racewinner Hiroshi Aoyama had the fortune of his wet weather tyres holding out in dry conditions at Donington Park, but the advantage gained at the start of the race was all of his own making.

A six-second advantage with less than a third of the race completed gave the Scot Racing rider a comfortable cushion between himself and the pursuing pack. He needed almost all of that advantage on the final laps, when his tyres made it almost impossible to stay upright at anything faster than a cautious cruise.

“The important thing was going fast at the beginning, and running away in the first part of the race. I could gain a lot of time there, whereas at the end the tyre was absolutely finished,” said the World Championship leader, who extended the gap in the overall standings between himself and second-placed Álvaro Bautista with his third victory of 2009.

“Later on in the race I could see the distance between myself and Álvaro, and it was difficult to keep up the pace. I adjusted my lap time to manage the space between us whilst focusing on finishing the race.”

The weekend had not started well for Aoyama, who experienced a gearing problem early on that had seen him seething in the garage. Rapid work by his team on the sole Honda machine available to the 27 year-old meant that he was in a position to win on Sunday. His first comment after the race was a heartfelt thanks to his mechanics.

250cc, 2009, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Hiroshi Aoyama, Scot Racing Team 250cc

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