At last !
Polaris World rider Mattia Pasini's season finally got underway today at Donington Park as his cruel luck came to an end with victory from pole position in the Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix 125cc race.
After starting on pole for the fifth time this season,
the 21 year-old from Rimini took victory by 3.253s ahead of Red Bull KTM's Tomoyoshi Koyama - easing the pain after the unbelievable run of technical problems so far in 2007 which prevented him from finishing five of the opening seven Grands Prix.
Hector Faubel trailed Koyama by just under two seconds to take third, ahead of fellow Spaniard and Bancaja Aspar team-mate Sergio Gadea by 1.687s. The fifth podium finish of the year for Faubel saw him take the lead in the World Championship, as he leapfrogged another colleague Gabor Talmacsi in the standings – the Hungarian failing to finish at Donington due to a technical problem.
Another Spanish competitor, Pasini's Polaris World team-mate Joan Olive, was fifth, Kopron Team Scot's young Frenchman Mike di Meglio was sixth and Briton Bradley Smith of Repsol Honda lifted the crowd - after a morning drenching - with his seventh place finish.
The top ten meanwhile was completed by Multimedia Racing's Raffaele de Rosa, Blusens Aprilia's Pablo Nieto and Skilled Racing Team's Simone Corsi.
DORNA / CAPSIS International