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GP Week : Issue 31
125: Island decides title MIKE di Meglio became the first French World Champion since 125 rider Arnaud Vincent in 2002, with an almost start-to-finish runaway win in a 125 race of many crashes and much attrition. Briton Bradley Smith (Polaris World Aprilia) had taken off fast at the start, but slipped off at the hairpin on lap 1. The next leader was Sandro Cortese (Emmi-Caffe Latte Aprilia), but he fell on lap 2. That left di Meglio’s red-and-yellow Ajo Derbi up front, chased by defending champion Gabor Talmacsi (Bancaja Aspar Aprilia) and Andrea Iannone (IC Aprilia). Di Meglio had the pace, however, and he took five more laps to gain a second, and keep stretching it to win by better than 10. “The whole weekend has been fantastic,” he said. “Thanks to everyone, especially my team, who have done so well without a big budget.” The battle for second was soon joined by rising German Stefan Bradl (Grizzly Gas Kiefer Aprilia) and Joan Olive (Belson Derbi), honours shared almost equally at the sweeping track that allows different lines and plenty of overtaking. The upset came just after half distance, when Olive slipped off at Honda Hairpin, almost taking Bradl with him. Two laps later the young German was back at the head of the group, and pulling away for a clear second. The other two scrapped to the end, Talmacsi gaining the last rostrum spot by less than a tenth of a second. Pol Espargaro (Belson Derbi) led a gang of five over the line, from the remounted Cortese, Rabat, Marquez and erstwhile title runner up Corsi. But Marquez had elbowed Corsi onto the grass at top speed on the run to the line, and an investigation docked him one second, promoting Corsi to eighth ahead of the young Spaniard. Smith remounted only to crash again on the last lap. Masbou, de Rosa, Aegerter and Terol joined him with early crashes, de Rosa also remounting to fall again. Five others tumbled, with only 21 finishers. Di Meglio has a 50 point cushion and four wins. Even if he doesn’t score another point and new second-place man Bradl wins both races to equal him on points and four wins, with only two second places two four for di Meglio, the Frenchman is uncatchable. Corsi is third, four points behind, and just two ahead of Talmacsi. 250: Battle royale for heavyweights MARCO Simoncelli had to fight every inch for his fifth win of the season, with pre- season favourite Alvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar Aprilia) hounding the Metis Gilera all way, and frequently heading him. The pair outdistanced the pursuing KTM trio of Simon, Kallio and Aoyama from the second lap, and traded blows and places sometimes several times a lap. The last move came as they ran into the final pair of ever-faster left-handers, with Bautista trying to push past on the inside, only to run over the kerb and bounce away again. Even so, he was less than a quarter of a second behind at the flag. “It was a great, great fight from the first to the last corner,”said Simoncelli. “I knew Alvaro would try to pass me on the last lap so I tried to close all the doors, and I succeeded in this.” The KTM group had been cut to two when Aoyama dropped back well before half distance, and then slowed radically on lap 15, his engine rattling terminally. Enraged, he pitted and, on camera, stormed to the back to punch down the 36 Red Bull sponsorship hoarding. The other two replicated the fierce battle up front. Simon’s Repsol bike led out of the final corner, but Kallio timed it perfectly to draft ahead by a wheel’s breadth. “He was very good on the brakes, but I knew I was faster out of that corner,”the impassive Finn said. Hector Faubel (Mapfre Aprilia) had led the pursuit, but crashed out after four laps. Then it was Mattia Pasini (Polaris World Aprilia), narrowly ahead of Yuki Takahashi (Scot Honda) and Aleix Espargaro (Lotus Aprilia) … until the last-named’s team- mate Alex Debon and veteran Roberto Locatelli (Toth Aprilia) joined the party. Pasini crashed out on lap 16, the other three crossed the line almost side by side, with Debon heading Locatelli and Takahashi. Espargaro dropped back to a safe but distant eighth. Simoncelli has a little more to do to secure the title. He has 240 points, Bautista 203, with Kallio on 191 and Debon on 166. Fifth-placed Barbera (142) is still absent injured.