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GP Week : Issue 16
IT might be the junior race, but the smallest class was a milestone event, and sent a record crowd of almost 88,000 wild. It was won by English rookie Scott Redding (Blusens Aprilia), and the list of records set is impressive. At 15 years and 170 days, he deposed Marco Melandri as the youngest ever GP winner. He was the first British 125 winner since Chas Mortimer in 1973; the first in any class since Jeremy McWilliams in 2001 (250); the first ever in 22 years at Donington. And more besides. Andrea Iannone (IC Aprilia) had taken off for an early and convincing lead, almost two seconds clear when Redding got to second on lap two, maintaining the gap for the next five laps. Then the youngster started to chip away, a tenth or two every lap, everybody else left trailing. He finally caught up on lap 16, and started leaning on the Italian. On lap 20, the pressure finally told. Iannone fell on the run down the hill through Holly Wood, and Redding led by well over five seconds. “I thought: I’m in the lead. What do I do now?” the kid said later. All he had to do was keep going to win by better than five seconds. Asked how he would celebrate, he said: “I’m looking forward to going home so my dad can get hammered.” A huge group behind had broken up by the end, with Frenchman Mike di Meglio (Ajo Derbi) narrowly prevailing over another fast rookie, Marc Marquez (Repsol KTM) for second. Sergio Gadea (Bancaja Aspar Aprilia) was fourth; Simone Corsi (Jack & Jones Aprilia) headed a gang of seven still battling for fifth, crossing the line within just over two seconds. Di Meglio, who qualified 21st, extended his points lead, 132 to Corsi’s 109. Stefan Bradl, third on 77, was one of seven to crash out; defending champion Gabor Talmacsi another. 125: Rule Brittania, kiddies! MIKA Kallio needed patience and persistence to claim his third win this year and extend his points lead, after a long pursuit of the two leaders Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera) and Alvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aprilia). The Finnish Red Bull KTM rider also had a bit of help from Simoncelli. At the end of the penultimate lap, the Italian dived inside his race-long rival Bautista at the final hairpin. But he was much too fast and ran wide, pushing the Spaniard to the edge of the track. Kallio was ready to take full advantage, slipping inside to take a lead he retained to the finish. He had come through from tenth on the first lap. “I thought I could catch them but I knew it would be hard to pass. I waited for a mistake … and it happened,” said the fridge-cool Finn. Simoncelli hung on to second from a dispirited Bautista, who had some angry words afterwards. “He is very aggressive, and one for whom what he wants to do exceeds what he can do. I think some action will be taken in the matter.” Fourth-placed Hector Barbera (Team Toth Aprilia) prevailed over a big early battle for what had been third, with Thomas Luthi (Emmi-Caffe Latte Aprilia) also getting away for a save fifth. This left Hiro Aoyama (Red Bull KTM), Alex Debon (Lotus Aprilia) and Julian Simon (Repsol KTM) locked in combat, finishing in that order. Yuki Takahashi (Team Scot Honda) dropped back from the fray for ninth, with Aleix Espargaro (Lotus Aprilia) rounding out the top ten. Mattia Pasini (Polaris World Aprilia) was the only faller. Kallio now heads Simoncelli by eight points, 131 to 123, with Debon on 101 and Pasini dropping to fourth on 98. 250: All things come to he who waits M oto GP BRITAIN >> 41