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Second chance Simón explains latest 125cc victory

Second chance Simón explains latest 125cc victory

Bancaja Aspar rider reviews Donington Park restart following third win of 2009.

Julián Simón got a second chance at Donington Park on Sunday, taking victory in a race that had looked to have escaped from his grasp. Rainfall at the British circuit closed the field back up, eliminating an advantage for Pol Espargaró and allowing the Bancaja Aspar rider to gain his third win of the 2009 season.

Added luck came with the crashes of leaders Marc Marquez and Bradley Smith in the five-lap restart –the latter’s fall giving Simón room to breathe at the head of the overall standings. The Spaniard admitted as much after the race, which he eventually won after a last lap fight with Simone Corsi.

"It was a very tough race, because we were riding with soft tyres under consistent light rain. Espargaró, Márquez, Gadea and Smith did a phenomenal job, but they didn't have the luck on their side and I was able to take advantage,” said the series leader, who had lurked studiously in the background at the beginning of the ‘second race’.

“When they stopped the race my team did a fantastic job, and I knew that there were riders who would be fast out there. I saw Smith fall, so I was cautious, but on the last lap I saw a place to pass Simone. I pushed hard when I saw that victory was a possibility, and this win reminds me of my first here in similar conditions.”

Added bragging rights for the Bancaja Aspar team came from Simón’s success. Team Manager Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’ earned a century of World Championship victories –celebrated on the podium with a commemorative t-shirt.

“It is an honour to be part of this historic century for Jorge and the team, and I have to say to my teammates that things like this race happen,” concluded the rider, noting that any one of his teammates could have given ‘Aspar’ his 100th win.

“The win takes us closer to the goal, which is the 125cc title."

125cc, 2009, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Julian Simon, Bancaja Aspar Team 125cc

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