Phillip Island : 125cc race
Alvaro Bautista sealed the 125cc World Championship with a win at the GMC Australian Grand Prix in the first race of the day.
The 21 year old Spaniard never looked in danger as he took off from the start of the shortened 15 lap race.
early crash involving Lukas Pesek and Mattia Pasini, amongst others, caused the red flag to be waved by the Australian marshals. When the light went out for the second time, Bautista was unstoppable in his pursuit of a third consecutive victory.
Taking his seventh win of the season in the lower cylinder class, Bautista celebrated at the side of the track before returning to the pits to be greeted by his elated Master MVA Aspar team.
Bautista only needed to finish ahead of Mika Kallio to take the title, and the Finn did his part to try and draw out the seemingly inevitable. Battling as part of the trailing pack, the Red Bull KTM rider finished second at Phillip Island, ahead of Mattia Pasini gifted a second chance to race by the enforced restart.
As a new champion was crowned, now-ex World Champion Thomas Luthi was pipped to a podium place by Pasini. Julian Simon, Lukas Pesek, Raffaele de Rosa, Fabrizio Lai, Gabor Talmacsi and Joan Olivé completed the top ten.
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