In the Malaysian round of the 125cc championship
Series points leader Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia) won the 125cc race from his nearest World Championship challenger Mika Kallio (KTM) with Hector Faubel (Aprilia) third.
The race was stopped and restarted after a second
lap crash at the final turn. But Bautista, who led the first lap from the start, also dominated the resumed 12-lap affair too.
Bautista was unstoppable and won comfortably from Kallio who had to fight tooth and nail with Faubel for second. Bautista now has 255 points to Kallio's 181, with Mattia Pasini lying third with 156 points. Aprilia head the Constructors' Championship with 278 points to KTM's 186, with Honda holding third on 132 points.
Gabor Talmacsi (Humangest Honda RS125R) was the highest placed Honda finisher in eighth, while Fabrizio Lai (Seedorf Racing Honda RS125R) was 11th. Reigning World Champion Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand Prix Honda RS125R) finished in 13th place.
125cc HONDA RIDERS' QUOTES:
Gabor Talmacsi (Humangest Honda: 8th): “This has been one of the more tough and incredible race in my career. Two starts put you under pressure and it is difficult both physically and psychologically. Anyway, I did my best, the bike worked well and the team made an excellent job. Despite the Aprilia superiority in the straights, I was able to stay in the top group fighting for the third place. In the last few laps, though, I lost a bit of space as we all riders in the group made some small mistakes, but still I'm the first Honda rider at the chequered flag.”
Fabrizio Lai (Seedorf Racing World: 11th): "I had some engine problems during the restart of the race.
I tried to maintain the contact with the leaders of the race but my Honda has less power than Aprilia. Then Koyama, on Malaguti, slowed me down. I lost the leading group and I tried to maintain the 11th position, that pursue me by now!"
Tito Rabat (Wurth Honda BQR: 12th): “I am very happy with my race because yesterday the conditions didn't help us and I had to start from 26th on the grid. Today we had a very good warm up and I went into the race feeling confident. My start was very good and I got in behind Luthi and passed him. I caught Lai and passed him but late in the race I got a little bit tired and Lai repassed me. I stayed behind him because I preferred not to crash and finish the race. My bike was really good today and I have to thank my team for all their work. This is the happiest day of my racing life.”
Thomas Luthi (Elit Honda: 13th): "In the first start I was not so bad but on the first lap I already knew I could not pass fast bikes out of the slipstream I was going to have to fight with them on the brakes. The second start it was the same problem I knew I had no chance. I knew I was able to pass the fast guys in the corners but I would lose almost one-second down the straights. Then, two or three times the bike would not rev coming off a slow corner and I don't know why. When Koyama crashed in front of me I had to brake and my race was as good as over. Not a great weekend for the team."
Sandro Cortese (Elit Honda: 17th): “In the first start of the race I was not so bad but on the second lap I lost the front end and crashed. I got a perfect start the second time and was in ninth – 10th place but I was pushed wide at one corner and almost high sided and that cost me a few places. Then later on the same lap Di Meglio crashed right in front of me and I had to go onto the grass to miss him. That left me in 22nd place at the end of the lap - race finished!”
Michele Pirro (Humangest Honda: 24th): “I'm happy to have finished my first race with the Honda of the Humangest Racing Team. Still I don't have the best feeling on the bike but it's positive that I've been improving since Friday. At the beginning of the race I wasn't going too bad, but then I started to struggled and I slow down a bit.”
Mike di Meglio
Michele Conti (Seedorf Racing World: 21st): "If I am faster with a wrist and leg pains and a problem to the fork I will make myself beaten before each race! I found the right feeling during the race and I improved my performance."
Mike Di Meglio (FFM Honda: dnf – crash): “The race was a bit special today! After few laps I was in 17th position and then there was a red flag. A second start was given but after one lap a rider crashed into me. I tried to re-join the race but my brakes were broken and so I had to stop. I'm disappointed because yesterday morning I rode well and I was really confident; I have the feeling that it could have been a great race…”
Joey Litjens (Molenaar Honda: dnf – flat rear tyre)
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