“His overtaking has been decisive for the race”
The 250cc race was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia), who stretched his World Championship lead over his only realistic challenger Andrea Dovizioso (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW), who finished second. Alex de Angelis (Aprilia)
Lorenzo was in charge from the lights and as early as lap two the Spaniard had established a 1.933 second lead over the Honda man who used all his skills to hound the Aprilia rider passing his rival on several occasions rider but one small mistake was enough to give Lorenzo an advantage he held to the flag.
Lorenzo has now won seven races in 12 outings this season. He now holds a 12-point lead over Dovi with four races remaining.
Yuki Takahashi (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW), returning from injury, finished fourth and in the Constructors' Championship Honda has 229 points to Aprilia's 271.
250cc HONDA RIDERS' QUOTES:
Andrea Dovizioso (Humangest Honda: 2nd): “Today I was at the same level with Lorenzo, because I had a good pace. Then, though, De Angelis slowed me down, so I lost few important meters and it was impossible for me to stay close to Lorenzo. I knew this could have happened and Aprilia riders would try to do it. De Angelis did nothing wrong, he did what he was supposed to do, but that overtaking has been decisive for the race. I lost only five points, but I should have earned some instead; I still believe in the World Championship title, but if I want to win races I have to go away from the beginning. Today I tried everything to keep the leader, I knew it was the right strategy to avoid that somebody put himself in between me and Lorenzo. I even tried to set the rhythm but when I had a bit of an advantage I made a small mistake and Lorenzo could catch me up again.
Yuki Takahashi (Humangest Honda: 4th): “This has been a very tough race for me, I think one of the most difficult of my career. After five laps, I started feeling pain in my left arm and, then, after a while, I had to lean it on the fuel tank on the straights. The situation kept getting worst and eventually I started shaking from the effort I was making; luckily I had a good gap from the other riders who was behind me and this let me finishing fourth.”
Shuhei Aoyama (Repsol Honda: 6th): “I made a very bad start and then everything became complicated. At the beginning of the race I had trouble overtaking the riders in front of me and once I had managed to pass them, the front group had already opened a gap. For some laps I tried to catch up with them but then I decided to stay in the second group. It's been a really difficult weekend. We would have needed more time to get everything ready."
Aleix Espargaro (Wurth Honda BQR: 9th): “I'm happy with that race because we have a very good chassis and I was faster in the corners than the people I was racing with. But on the long straights here I was losing time – I had problems staying in the slipstream of the factory bikes. It's not the best conditions for us on tracks with long straights.”
Arnaud Vincent (Molenaar Honda: 11th): “The lap times were not fast and many riders crashed but I just rode a good constant speed and the tyres performed well. We didn't do so many laps in practice so the chassis set up was not perfect. The engine was better in the warm than the race but I am happy enough with the way I rode today.”
Martin Cardenas (Repsol Honda: dnf – crash): “I'm very disappointed because it's been a bad race due to the crash. I made a good start and some riders passed me during the first lap because I wasn't pushing too hard. In the second lap, in a downward corner I lost the front end and that was the end of the race. Fortunately I'm physically OK.”
Arturo Tizon (Wurth Honda BQR: dnf – crash): “I'm happy with my race even if I did crash. I was holding a safe 11th place right behind Aleix (Espargaro) but on lap but at the end of the straight West out-braked both of us then crashed right in front of us. I had to run wide to miss him. Then I tried to hard and was wide on one corner got on the gas a little too hard and the ear end went away from me and I had a big slide and high-sided off the bike. I hurt my hand but nothing is broken so I should be fit for Australia.”
Fabrizio Perren (Stop and Go Racing: dnf – crash): “I am disappointed with myself for the crash because that would have been my best ever GP result. I was running 11th and catching Cluzel but with a couple of laps to go the front end turned in and I crashed.”
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