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GP Week : Issue 19
WORLD Championship leader Mike di Meglio (Ajo Derbi) stretched his advantage with a third win of the year, closing on the leaders after a sluggish start from the second row, saving his best to last to pull out a two-second lead in the closing stages. It was a fraught affair, starting on a dry track, with stray raindrops throughout, turning into real rain over the final laps. “I was waiting for them to stop the race, commented defending champion Gabor Talmacsi (Bancaja Aspar Aprilia), who had settled for third behind a flying Stefan Bradl (Grizzly Gas Aprilia), after pulling through steadily from tenth on the first lap. Talmacsi still had to fight for it, with Bradley Smith (Polaris World Aprilia) passing him on the way into the last corner, only to lose the place again on the exit. Closest title rival Simone Corsi (Jack & Jones Aprilia) had seized an early lead, but dropped back after half distance with fading tyres, managing to get back to fifth ahead of team-mate Nicolas Terol over the line. Terol was also pipped by German Sandro Cortese (Emmi-Caffe Latte Aprilia). 20 seconds back, British GP winner Scott Redding (Blusens Aprilia) had climbed through a huge gang and escaped for an impressive eighth. By the finish he was just 1.5-seconds ahead of a breathtaking brawl, won by Esteve Rabat (Repsol KTM) from team-mate Marc Marquez and a maelstrom of ducking and weaving, ninth to 16th covered by little more than two seconds. Wild-card Marcel Schrotter, riding a Honda for ex-multi- champion Toni Mang, was an impressive 14th: points at the first attempt. Di Meglio now has 30 points on Corsi, 166 to 136, with Talmacsi and Bradl on 109 and 101 respectively. Olive (94) dropped to fifth after retiring when the engine of his Belson Derbi went sick after he’d led on lap four. 125: Di Meglio wins, extends lead 27 www. GPWEEK. com M oto GP germany >>