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GP Week : Issue 66
125: Espargaro wins amid chaos FOR a change, this was the last race of the day. It followed the pattern of the weekend: upsetting the predictions of the championship. Julian Simon (Bancaja Aspar Aprilia) was in a position to tie the title up here, and it looked as though he might do it, when he emerged from a ten-strong front pack to lead on lap seven, and immediately started to pull away. By lap 16 he was almost five seconds clear. And then he fell off. By now the front pack had been reduced. Nico Terol (J&J Aprilia) had led from laps two to five, and then Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar Aprilia) took over as the Spaniard had a slip and dropped to sixth. But Smith ran way wide at the end of the back straight. As he rejoined, Terol drifted wide and they collided, with Terol sent flying. Soon afterwards Simone Corsi (Fontana Aprilia) crashed out of second, and on lap 12 Marc Marquez (Red Bull Derbi) did the same from the same position. By now Smith had recovered and was closing on the two survivors disputing third: Pol Espargaro (Derbi) and Sandro Cortese (Ajo Derbi). When Simon slipped off, the three were together, while Stefan Bradl (Viessman Kiefer Racing) had lost touch. The trio went from there to the end, and Espargaro proved the strongest, taking a little gap last time round to win by four tenths. He was almost speechless with delight at his second win. Cortese was second, less than two tenths ahead of Smith, who said: "I felt I was the strongest of the group, but I must have thought too much about last lap tactics and suddenly I was third." Bradl was third: another six seconds behind Joan Olive (Derbi) came from behind to head the next group, from Sergio Gadea (Bancaja Aspar Aprilia), Esteve Rabat (Blusens Aprilia), Dominique Aegerter (Ajo Derbi) and Johann Zarco (WTR San Marino Team). Randy Krummenacher (Degraaf Aprilia) was tenth, four seconds behind. Simon remounted for 12th, and will have to wait to be sure of overall victory. He has 214 points, Smith moved to second on 163.5, from Terol (152.5), Espargaro (129.5) and Gadea (122). Early leader Andrea Iannone (Ongetta Aprilia), who crashed out early today, has 109.5. Moto GP PORTUGAL >> MOTOGP | Round 14 PORTUGAL Points -- MotoGP: Valentino Rossi 250, Jorge Lorenzo 232, Dani Pedrosa 173 Casey Stoner 170, Andrea Dovizioso 142, Colin Edwards 134, Loris Capirossi 97 Points -- 250cc: Hiroshi Aoyama 205, Alvaro Bautista 192, Marco Simoncelli 165, Hector Barbera 158, Mattia Pasini 120, Ra aele De Rosa 90 Points -- 125cc: Julian Simon 210, Nicolas Terol 152.5, Bradey Smith 147.5, Sergio Gadea 112, Andrea Iannone 109.5, Pol Espargaro 104.5 Pos # Rider Team Time 1 99 J. LORENZO Fiat Yamaha Team 45'35.522 2 27 C. STONER Ducati Marlboro Team + 6.294 3 3 D. PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team + 9.889 4 46 V. ROSSI Fiat Yamaha Team + 23.428 5 5 C. EDWARDS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 32.652 6 24 T. ELIAS San Carlo Honda Gresini + 35.709 7 4 A. DOVIZIOSO Repsol Honda Team + 35.723 8 69 N. HAYDEN Ducati Marlboro Team + 38.830 9 52 J. TOSELAND Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 44.093 107 C. VERMEULEN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 52.863 11 14 R. DE PUNIET LCR Honda MotoGP + 55.698 12 33 M. MELANDRI Hayate Racing Team + 1'04.515 13 88 N. CANEPA Pramac Racing + 1'04.538 14 41 G. TALMACSI Scot Racing Team MotoGP + 1'27.299 DNF 65 L. CAPIROSSI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 8 Lap DNF 15 A. DE ANGELIS San Carlo Honda Gresini 20 Lap DNF 36 M. KALLIO Pramac Racing 23 Lap 41