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Simoncelli sends out reminder with Czech triumph

Simoncelli sends out reminder with Czech triumph

World Champion Marco Simoncelli sent out a reminder that he is still in the fight to defend his title with victory at Brno.

MotoGP-bound Marco Simoncelli was in great form at the Cardion AB Czech Republic Grand Prix on Sunday as he took a third 2009 win in hot temperatures at Brno.

The Italian produced a World Champion’s performance from pole position, leading for most of the race and eventually crossing the finishing line just over half a second ahead of his compatriot Mattia Pasini (Team Toth Aprilia) who had tried to chase him down from seventh on the grid.

Metis Gilera rider Simoncelli managed his tyre durability intelligently as track temperatures reached 51°C, whilst things tightened up in the standings as Álvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar Team) and leader Hiroshi Aoyama (Scot Racing Team) finished third and fourth respectively. Simoncelli now trails Aoyama by just 32 points and Bautista by 20 points, with six races remaining.

In a strange incident on the warm down lap Bautista crashed his Aprilia prototype, causing considerable damage, as he lost control whilst pulling a celebratory wheelie in front of the fans.

The top ten also featured Roberto Locatelli (Metis Gilera), Raffaele de Rosa (Scot Racing), Héctor Barberá (Pepe World Team), Jules Cluzel (Matteoni Racing), Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar) and Héctor Faubel (Valencia CF - Honda SAG).

Di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar) made a mistake nine laps to go while riding in fifth place and was lucky to avoid more than an excursion off track having clipped the rear tyre of Aoyama. The Frenchman eventually finished ninth.

At the start of the race there had been heartbreak for home rider Karel Abraham (Cardion ab Motoracing) who clashed with Thomas Luthi (Emmi - Caffe Latte) and both went down on the first corner.


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