“The championship is not finished yet”
The dry 250cc race belonged to Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) who won his eighth race of the season and moved closer to the World Championship title with three races remaining. Alex de Angelis (Aprilia) was second and Hiro Aoyama (KTM) third.
Dovizioso (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW) got the holeshot into turn one from fourth on the grid and the Italian led lap one until de Angelis inched past him on the Gardner straight to make the running, while Lorenzo bided his time in fourth.
By lap six four riders had left the rest of the field trailing as de Angelis, Dovi, Lorenzo and Aoyama set the pace. Lorenzo then upped it to take charge by mid-race distance while Yuki Takahashi (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW) entered the pits to bring his race to a premature end.
As Lorenzo rode the final laps with de Angelis in close pursuit Dovi dropped back to fourth, where he eventually finished, and lost touch with the podium positions. De Angelis tried to take Lorenzo as they approached the flag on the final lap but he left his drafting manoeuvre a little too late and lost out by just nine thousandths of a second across the line.
Lorenzo now holds a 24-point lead over Dovi with three rounds remaining while in the Constructors' Championship Aprilia has 296 points to Honda's 242 with KTM third on 152 points.
250cc HONDA RIDERS' QUOTES:
Andrea Dovizioso (Humangest Honda - 4th): “During the warm-up we had an engine problem, but actually we didn't think it was so serious. In the race, though, it came out again at least three times.
When Lorenzo and then Aoyama passed, when I changed gear, the engine died and I was loosing time. Also, I had cramps at my left leg and so I wasn't able to change gear properly. But a part these problems, we were lacking of a couple of tenth of a seconds to be as competitive as the leaders. The championship is not finished yet, but it will be very hard to clinch it.”
Yuki Takahashi (Humangest Honda - dnf - technical problem): “In the first laps everything was going well, then, starting from lap 3 the machine started to loose power in fifth and sixth gear. This was dangerous for me and for the other riders especially in the fast straight in front of the box. So I decided it was better to retire. It's a shame looking at the championship, but I go to Motegi confident that I can do well.”
Shuhei Aoyama (Repsol Honda - 5th): “I'm very happy today. It was a very good race. Too bad I didn't make it onto the podium but let's take it easy and go step by step! We had some trouble this morning during the warm-up with the speed, but the bike went much better during the race and I was able to push harder. I managed to make a good start and overtook several riders. I moved up to fifth and managed to keep the position until the end. I'm very happy and looking forward to my home race next weekend in Japan.”
Fabrizio Perren (Stop and Go Racing - 14th): “I made a bad mistake at the start and ended up last away from the line. I fought hard to make contact with the group ahead I got up behind Poggiali and was running in his slipstream but the bike was not getting enough in the air getting into the air-box and the engine started to get rich and the engine lost a little power and I could not pass him down the straight. But from last place on lap one to 14th at the finish I am quite happy with my race.”
Aleix Espargaro (Wurth Honda BQR - 15th): “Up until the middle of the race more speed than the riders around me but I could not brake hard because of my injured hand. I have to thank my team and the Doctor for their help in preparing the bike and myself for the race.”
Arturo Tizon (Wurth Honda BQR - dnf - technical problem): “I made the wrong tyre choice ad went for the soft compound but in the race the tyres were used up very quickly. My problems came from the crash in practice, which was not my fault. We missed so much time to work on the bike that I just did not have the chassis and suspension settings I needed and that's what cased the tyre problems.”
Arnaud Vincent (Molenaar Honda - dnf - carbration problems): “My problem was the same as the one we had all through practice and qualifying, every time I changed gear the engine started to stutter and I was losing a lot of time. My start was good but because of the electrical problem I went backwards. So I stopped because it was getting dangerous.”
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