Sunday, August 17, 2008

Two victories for Aprilia at Brno


Alex Debon his won his second 250cc grand prix of the season after a thrilling conclusion to Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno.

In marked contrast to his runaway win at Le Mans, the 32-year-old Spaniard snatched victory from world championship leader Marco Simoncelli with a skillful outbraking effort into the very final chicane, while Simoncelli's attempts to resist the Lotus Aprilia rider allowed Alvaro Bautista to also edge ahead.

But it wasn't all bad news for Simoncelli, whose third place finish marked his seventh podium in a row for Metis Gilera and extends his title lead to 16 points over Mika Kallio, who crossed the line at the back of the lead group in fifth position for KTM.

Race results 250cc - Brno:

1. Debon (Aprilia)
2. Bautista (Aprilia) +0.280secs
3. Simoncelli (Gilera) +0.325secs
4. Barbera (Aprilia) +0.827secs
5. Kallio (KTM) +1.249secs


18-year-old German Stefan Bradl has taken his first ever 125cc victory after rising to the top of a closely contested Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno. The Grizzly Gas Kiefer Racing competitor, son of former grand prix rider Helmut, reached the front of an eleven-rider lead group by the halfway stage of the 19 laps - then pushed hard to gradually break clear of his nearest rivals.

World championship leader Mike di Meglio got the better of Gabor Talmacsi and Joan Olive to wrap-up the runner-up position, while Hungarian superstar Talmacsi saw a podium finish at his 'home' event snatched from his grasp by Olive. Nicolas Terol collected a safe fifth, while Bradley Smith dropped to sixth position after leading on the opening lap.

In the world championship standings, di Meglio has now pulled 44 points clear of Simone Corsi, who finished in tenth position at Brno.

Race results 125cc - Brno:

1. Bradl (Aprilia)
2. di Meglio (Derbi) +0.881secs
3. Olive (Derbi) +4.070secs
4. Talmacsi (Aprilia) +4.118secs
5. Terol (Aprilia) +7.048sec

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