Phillip Island : 250cc race
Jorge Lorenzo made it eight 250cc wins so far this season as he extended his World Championship lead to 24 points over Andrea Dovizioso.
Victory for the Spaniard came after an awful start from pole, where he dropped down as far as sixth on
the first lap.
However, the Fortuna Aprilia rider's dominant performances over the weekend weren't merely coincidence, and Lorenzo quickly became embroiled in a four way battle with Dovizioso, Alex de Angelis and Hiroshi Aoyama.
Towards the end, it was Lorenzo and de Angelis who broke away and made it a straight fight for quarter litre glory, and the San Marino native tried a classic Philip Island final straight move on the World Championship leader.
Lorenzo held out by just 0.009 to take the win, whilst Hiroshi Aoyama completed the podium places ahead of his home Grand Prix next weekend.
Andrea Dovizioso lost ground in his quest for the 2006 title as he came in fourth, and will need to add to his only win of the season at Catalunya before the end of the season to keep his chances in his own hands.
Shuhei Aoyama joined his brother in the top six, ahead of Hector Barbera, Roberto Locatelli and Jakub Smrz. Anthony West pushed his Kiefer BOS bike to the fullest to take ninth, ahead of Marco Simoncelli.
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