Valencia : 125cc - Race
Hector Faubel started the day's proceedings at Cheste with a popular home victory, kicking off the most important day of the 2006 season in style.
On the Master MVA Aspar team's home turf, Faubel was first past the chequered flag with a near two
second advantage over Mika Kallio.
It was a special day for Red Bull KTM's Finnish star as well, racing his final 125cc Grand Prix and pipping another local youngster, Sergio Gadea, to the line to take second.
Alvaro Bautista, who had dropped down from pole to finish fourth, finished off the podium for only the second time this season, but still took time after the race to celebrate his memorable season.
The Spaniard let off a Valencian “maclata” firework on the track after finishing ahead of Lukas Pesek and Pol Espargaro.
Despite finishing sixth, Pol Espargaro was just beaten to the Rookie Of The Year title by Bradley Smith, who came in 12th.
Pablo Nieto, Gabor Talamacsi, Mattia Pasini and Thomas Luthi completed the top ten.
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