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Superb 250cc race ends with Barberá victory

Superb 250cc race ends with Barberá victory

The quarter litre class contest at the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini concluded with Héctor Barberá taking the glory in the Italian sunshine.

A tremendous battle at Misano between Héctor Barberá (Pepe World Team) and home rider Mattia Pasini (Team Toth Aprilia) went right down to the wire on Sunday afternoon, with a desperate last lap ending with the Spaniard crossing the line four-hundredths of a second in front of the Italian.

Unlike previous duels between the pair there was no controversy on this occasion, with Barberá emerging on top to claim his second victory of the year.

There was also a superb fight for the last podium position between title candidates Álvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Scot Racing Team) on the final lap – and it was a Spanish rider who succeeded in that contest too, albeit by just six-thousandths of a second. That result means Bautista now trails Aoyama by 13 points at the head of the standings.

Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar) completed the top five after appearing to concede ground right at the end.

There was home heartbreak for World Champion Marco Simoncelli, meanwhile, as he crashed out on lap twelve when fighting for the race lead, later citing a traction control problem for the accident in which he appeared to lose the rear end before hitting the ground.

Jules Cluzel (Matteoni Racing), Alex Debon (Aeropuerto-Castello-Blusens), Raffaele de Rosa (Scot Racing), Héctor Faubel (Valencia CF - Honda SAG) and Thomas Luthi (Emmi - Caffe Latte) completed the top ten.

Tags:
250cc, 2009, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, RAC

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