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Kallio wins crash-strewn race in Japan

Kallio wins crash-strewn race in Japan

Kallio wins crash-strewn race in Japan

Mika Kallio took victory today at Motegi in a race that was red-flagged on lap 16. A spectacular incident saw Thomas Lüthi crash out on the exit of the last corner when sitting second behind Kallio. Spaniard Sergio Gadea was unable to avoid Lüthis stricken Honda and pulverised both bikes in a spectacular smash-up.

The red flag then emerged to put an end to a dramatic race with six laps to go. Kallio and Lüthi had provided an entertaining tussle for the lead against poleman Gabor Talmacsi and Mattia Pasini, who grabbed the holeshot from third on the grid.

Talmacsi tumbled on lap 14, allowing Kallio and Lüthi to escape the chasing pack. Others incidents saw Marco Simoncelli and Julian Simon crash earlier in the race.

As the final race result is based on the standings of the 15th lap (the last completed lap before the red flag was waved), Kallio inherited victory while Lüthi took 20 points for second spot, maintaining his World Championship lead by three points. However, the Swiss rider didnt take part in the podium ceremony as he was undergoing treatment. He dislocated his right shoulder, sustained damage to both ankles and will have to undergo a medical check ahead of the Malaysian GP.

Aprilias Hector Faubel was third, ahead of Tomoyoshi Koyama and Mattia Pasini. Manuel Poggiali was credited with seventh ahead of Sergio Gadea who suffered minor injuries, while Pablo Nieto, Alvaro Bautista and Fabrizio Lai completed the top ten.


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