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GP Week : 06-May-2008
AWFUL changing conditions and a crash by leader Alvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar Aprilia) opened the way for Red Bull KTM’s second-ever 250-class one- two, with Finn Mika Kallio winning three seconds clear of team-mate Hiro Aoyama. Class rookie Mattia Pasini (Polaris World Aprilia) claimed a lucky third, inherited in the last corners after Yukio Takahashi (Scot Honda) ran into engine problems on the last run down the straight, running off at the last two corners as a result. Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera), Alex Debon (Lotus Aprilia) and Hector Barbera (Toth Aprilia) were also beneficiaries, with Takahashi just able to get the bike over the line in seventh. Barbera had led from the start, with Simoncelli and Julian Simone in the mix, until the last-named rider’s Repsol KTM lost a piston and coasted to a stop on lap 5. By now Bautista had taken over, and was more than a second clear when he lost the front on lap 9, sliding off unhurt and hastily getting going again. He eventually finished 12th. “They were very, very difficult conditions,” said Kallio. “There were dry points when we started, then it rained, then started drying again. I was following the Aprilia guys without pushing too hard – then Bautista crashed, and I was leading. I had to push alone, and it was hard to find the pace at first.” Aoyama had finished the first lap seventh, and had a torrid time pushing his way through the Aprilia brawl, going from fifth to second on the lap that Bautista fell. Kallio’s second win this year extended his lead over Pasini to 19 points. 250: Crash hands Red Bull 1-2 26