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GP Week : Issue 44
>>Moto GPJEREZ 250: Aoyama’s Revenge! THE best race of the day once again questioned the wisdom of dispensing with the quarter-litre two-strokes, with a struggle that lasted from the first corner to the last. For most of the way there were four riders in it, whittled down to two only at the end. It brought revenge for Hiro Aoyama (Scot Honda), who wept at his home race in Japan when he led only be soundly beaten by Alvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aprilia). Now it was his turn to defeat the home hero, and to take the points lead. It was by the narrowest of margins, after the pair had it ends in a win changed places all race long. Bautista led onto the final lap; Aoyama dived underneath him at Angel Nieto bends, with just four corners to go. It was all down to the last hairpin … and the Honda man’s tactics were perfect. He ran in wide and Bautista took the chance to get by. But Aoyama was earlier on the gas and faster on the exit, and crossed the line 0.132- seconds ahead. “That was a hard race, but I don’t feel tired like I did after I was beaten in Japan,”said a glowing Aoyama. Defending champion Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera) and Hector Barbera (Pepe World Pos 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 MOTOGP| Round 3 JEREZ # Rider 46 3 27 14 Valentino Rossi Dani Pedrosa Casey Stoner Randy de Puniet 33 Marco Melandri 65 5 4 Loris Capirossi Colin Edwards 24 7 59 72 52 15 69 88 DNF 99 Andrea Dovizioso Toni Elias Chris Vermeulen Sete Gibernau Yuki Takahashi James Toseland Alex de Angelis Nicky Hayden Niccolo Canepa Jorge Lorenzo DNF 36 Mika Kallio Team Fiat Yamaha Team Repsol Honda Team Ducati Marlboro Team LCR Honda MotoGP Hayate Racing Team Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Repsol Honda Team San Carlo Honda Gresini Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Grupo Francisco Hernando Scot Racing Team Honda Monster Yamaha Tech 3 San Carlo Honda Gresini Ducati Marlboro Team Pramac Racing Ducati Fiat Yamaha Team Pramac Racing Ducati Aprilia) had been with the leaders until Simoncelli lost touch with a little slip on lap 23. He even fell behind Barbera for the next laps, but managed to get back in front by half a second over the line. Thomas Luthi (Emmi-Caffe Latte Aprilia) snitched fifth off Mattia Pasini (Toth Aprilia) over the line; Gabor Talmacsi (Balatonring Aprilia) headed Jules Cluzel (Matteoni Aprilia) and Roberto Locatelli (Metis Gilera) for seventh. Pole starter Alex Debon (Aeropuerto Castello Aprilia) led away, but had dropped back to sixth when he slid out on lap 10. Time 45:18.557s +2.7s +10.5s +31.8s +33.1s +34.1s 34.4s +34.6s +42.6s +45.1s +48.1s +51.8s +53.6s +53.9s +1:01.2s +1:10.8s +4 Laps +15 Laps Points – MotoGP: Rossi 65, Stoner 54, Lorenzo 41, Pedrosa 41, Dovizioso 30, Edwards 26, de Puniet 24, Melandri 23, Vermeulen 21, Capirossi 19. 250cc: Hiroshi Aoyama 58, Alvaro Bautista 54, Hector Barbera 43, Thomas Luthi 29, Jules Cluzel 28, Gabor Talmacsi 28, Mike Di Meglio 21. 125cc: Andrea Iannone 37.5, Bradley Smith 36.5, Pol Espargaro 31.5, Julian Simon 30, Sandro Cortese 28, Marco Mequez 27, Sergio Gadea 22. 27