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GP Week : Issue 24
>>Moto GPBrno 250: Two times a charm ALEX Debon (Lotus Aprilia) has been racing for 11 years. His first win came earlier this season; his second at Brno. And it was a thriller, with three riders changing places in the last corner, and the fourth just half-a-second behind. Pole starter Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera) led away, pursued by Thomas Luthi (Emmi-Caffe Latte Aprilia), Debon, and Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM). But Luthi left the party on only the fourth lap, running wide and over the kerb onto Astroturf, where he was thrown heavily. By now slow starter Alvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aprilia) had got ahead of Mattia Pasini’s Polaris World Aprilia and was closing a gap of almost two seconds on the leading trio. Hector Barbera (Team Toth Aprilia) was following close behind. Debon led for the first time on lap seven, Simoncelli taking it back again on the 10th. Then it was Debon again on lap 12, and Bautista second, with Simoncelli a close third and Kallio slightly losing touch. It looked as though it would be a three-way battle, but by the finish Barbera had passed Kallio and closed up to join in. The last lap was decisive. Simoncelli seized the lead back on the one before, only to be overtaken by Bautista on the run down the hill. He took it back and led into the final left-right corner combination … only for both Debon and Bautista to push past in the second part to steal first and second places. The top three were covered by just three tenths of a second; Barbera was half a second behind, and Kallio a similar distance behind him. Yuki Takahashi (Team Scot Honda) snitched sixth from Pasini on the last lap. “That was the reward for a lot of hard work,” said Debon afterwards; while Simoncelli had to be content with stretching his points lead over Kallio. He now has 180 points to the Finn’s 164. Debon moved to third on 139, with Bautista on 138 and Barbera on 126. 35