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Simón takes 125cc title with Phillip Island victory

Simón takes 125cc title with Phillip Island victory

A final-lap win at Phillip Island delivered Julián Simón the 2009 World Championship in the 125cc category.

Julián Simón was crowned the 2009 World Champion in the 125cc class on Sunday afternoon as the Spaniard clinched victory on the final lap of the Iveco Australian Grand Prix, which brought with it the world title.

With the rain which had hung over the weekend absent, calm winds and a cold temperature, a fantastic duel between Simón and his Bancaja Aspar team-mate Bradley Smith was played out, with the new title holder sealing the win and vindicating his decision to take the step down from 250cc for this season.

An eventful start saw Cameron Beaubier (Red Bull KTM) crash out, and there was a coming together on the second lap which saw Stefan Bradl’s race ended prematurely with Simón lucky to not be taken out by the Viessman Kiefer rider.

From there, an excitingly tight early race ensued as a group of seven which included Simón, Smith, Nico Terol, Pol Espargaró and Simone Corsi – starting on the front row for the first time in 2009 – all jostled closely for position.

Efrén Vázquez (Derbi Racing) and Sandro Cortese (Ajo Interwetten) were also in the mix, but at the midway point it was Smith and Simón who were battling for the lead.

An absorbing encounter between the pair ensued and as leadership of the race constantly swapped hands between the pair, Espargaró and Corsi touched bikes in an incident that almost proved costly for both riders.

With four laps remaining there was just under a full second between Simón – at this point in second position – and Corsi in third, with the Spaniard seemingly happy to wait until the final lap to launch his bid for the victory which would deliver the title.

He did so, and with Smith forced wide in a turn Simón attacked on the inside to stream through and take victory, while the Brit secured his fourth successive podium finish.

Cortese completed the podium, whilst Espargaró finished fourth from pole position. Corsi ended the race in fifth spot with Nico Terol (Jack & Jones) taking sixth.


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