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GP Week : Issue 11
Pos # Rider Nat Team Time 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 44’30.799 48 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 44’35.796 5 Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha 44’37.604 2 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 44’40.956 7 Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 44’52.561 4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP 44’53.194 65 Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 44’58.605 69 Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team 44’58.794 14 Randy De Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 45’00.143 56 Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 45’01.621 24 Toni Elias SPA Alice Team 45’05.953 15 Alex De Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 45’07.015 50 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team 45’22.837 13 Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team 46’00.106 33 Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team +1 Lap 1 Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team +2 Laps MOTOGP | Round 5 FRANCE Points – MotoGP: Rossi 97, Pedrosa 94, Lorenzo 94, Stoner 56, , Edwards 47 Capirossi 42, Hayden 37, Davizioso 36, Toseland 33, Hopkins 26, Vermeulen 25, Melandri 24. 250cc: Kallio 93, Pasini 77, Debon, 59, Takahashi 59, Simoncelli 53, Aoyama 53, Barbera 53, Bautista 41, Espargaro 33, Simon 31. 125cc: Di Meglio 74, Terol 66, Corsi 62, Olive, 58, Bradl 58, Iannone 43. CONDTITIONS were about as bad as possible for the 250 race – the track still damp, but drying fast, with the strong possibility of more showers. It made tyre choice both crucial and a nightmare. Most went for some combination of hard intermediates or cut slicks, some with a slick on the rear. Pole starter Alex Debon took the risk of full slicks front and rear, relying on his machine’s traction control. Amazingly, the Spanish veteran of 112 GP starts was able to take the lead on lap 1, and was soon stretching away, in spite of several damp corners. By half distance he was 10 seconds clear, and went on to take a first ever win by almost five seconds. “I knew it was a risk to use slicks, but I stayed smooth, and then it started to pay off,” said Debon. “I’ve waited a long time for this.” A somewhat processional race behind came alive at the end, with a pack of five contesting second. Lion- maned Marco Simoncelli snatched the place from Mattia Pasini in the last tight corner. Both had got past Yuki Takahashi, with Mika Kallio and Manuel Poggiali right up behind. Alvaro Bautista was again out of luck, finishing 14th. He had copied Kallio’s choice of intermediate tyres, but they didn’t work for him. Kallio retained the points lead, on 93 to Pasini’s 77. Debon moved up to a joint third with Takahashi on 59. 250cc: First win on 112th start 34