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Simón takes glory in restarted 125cc British sprint

Simón takes glory in restarted 125cc British sprint

Spaniard completes wet weather repeat of 2005 victory in five-lap thriller.

Julián Simón emerged victorious in a five-lap sprint for glory in the final 125cc World Championship race at Donington Park. Rainfall eleven laps from the scheduled end of the twenty-five lap showdown closed back up the field and created a thrilling finale to the British Grand Prix, won by the series leader.

The triumph was the Aspar Team’s 100th, the day after they announced their move up to MotoGP for 2010. More importantly for Simón, it was his third of the 2009 season.

Second place went to Fontana Racing’s Simone Corsi, taking his first rostrum since the final round of the 2008 season at Valencia. He had led the race on the final lap, but was taken by Simón and unable to regain the place.

Last year’s victor at Donington Park, Scott Redding made an unlikely push for the podium from twelfth on the grid. The Blusens Aprilia rider had a great first section of the race to move up to the second row of the revised grid, and held his nerve in the rain for third place and a home top three finish.

The ‘second race’ began with a mercurial start for Bradley Smith, who took the lead before taking a crash on the wet track when battling with Marc Márquez. He rejoined to take his bow in front of the home fans, whilst the battle at the front raged on. Two laps on, when leading the race, Márquez fell to the same fate.

Also seeing a push for victory fall by the wayside was Sergio Gadea, who fell just a pair of laps before the rain was deemed to heavy to continue, whilst Pol Espargaró fell to pieces after leading the first section. Starting from ‘pole’ –despite being the final rider to crash before the red flag was shown- he dropped down to tenth at the chequered flag.

An early crash for Andrea Iannone, Jonas Folger, Danny Webb, Sandro Cortese, Joan Olivé and Stefan Bradl created some early drama, ironically enough caused by Corsi’s touching Olivé’s Bainet Derbi machine.


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