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Randy de Puniet gives Aprilia Aspar second consecutive win

Randy de Puniet gives Aprilia Aspar second consecutive win

Randy de Puniet gives Aprilia Aspar second consecutive win

Randy de Puniet's win on Sunday in the British Grand Prix saw the Aprilai Aspar team rack up their second consecutive victory, after team-mate Sebastian Porto's win in the last 250cc race at Assen.

The race started with Repsol rider Aoyama pushing hard and setting a fast pace, allowing him to open a big gap on the rest of the pack, until a crash on the thirteenth lap forced him to retire. With Aoyama out, De Puniet took over the leadership, closely followed by West on his new 250cc KTM and Australian rider Stoner. These three fought an exciting and intense duel for more than half the race, always under heavy rainfall.

Ahead of Pedrosa and Porto, the battle fought by Stoner, West and De Puniet was remarkable, with constant impossible overtaking manoeuvres under the rain and with the Repsol rider going off track, almost crashing. But de Puniet managed to get back control and went for the victory, finally crossing the finish line first, ahead of West and Stoner.

"It was a hard race and conditions made it very difficult," said the elated Frenchman, thrilled with his result after one of the most hazardous races of recent times. "I got away well and tried to stay behind Aoyama, but he was setting a good pace and it was very difficult to match him.

"When West and Stoner caught me I fought very hard not to let them pass me. Aoyama then fell and I tried to defend first place but West was also very fast and with the water we almost fell a couple of times. I gave everything to get the victory and was convinced I could do it, but I made a mistake that almost cost me the race.

"I gave everything to get back on terms after going off and managed to catch West and Stoner and then held on to take the victory. It was difficult but very nice and I am very happy after all the problems we have had this year to finally win a race. I want to thank the team and all the sponsors."

Argentinean Sebastián Porto started the race from fifth position on the grid and overtook several riders. At the end of the tough race he crossed the line in the same position as he started. Considering the conditions, though, and the weekend in general he wasn't too disheartened with his performance.

"The truth is after the problems I've had this weekend the result is not too bad, especially with the conditions. With the water on the track it was important just to stay on and finish for some points – and that's what we did. In normal conditions it would have been different, but we'll just have to hope we have good weather in Germany and do as well as we can."

250cc, 2005, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Randy de Puniet

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