Valencia : 250cc - Race
Jorge Lorenzo clinched his maiden 250cc World Title at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia with fourth place in an action packed Grand Prix.
The Fortuna Aprilia rider has been the dominant figure in an exciting season for the quarter litre
category, and only had to finish ahead of Andrea Dovizioso to take the crown.
However, the gripping action in the race centred not on the title battle, but an epic three-way duel which ended in Alex de Angelis' first ever Grand Prix win.
The San Marino rider completed a marvellous day for the Valencia-based Master MVA Aspar Team, who had already tasted victory in the 125cc class.
Having trailed the phenomenal Roberto Locatelli the majority of the race, he took advantage of an unforced error by the Japanese rider which saw the KTM rider crash out and Locatelli briefly run off track to break away.
Aoyama's failure to finish also gives de Angelis third place in the championship.
Locatelli was nothing short of incredible from the start, powering round the outside to take his umpteenth holeshot of the season. The Team Toth rider earned his highest place of a 2006 season where he has also taken the prize for best privateer.
Valencia's very own Hector Barbera completed the top three at his home race despite being slow off the line, heading a trio of Fortuna Aprilia riders.
New World Champion Jorge Lorenzo placed himself in the middle of Barbera and the returning Alex Debon, who did a great job of holding off Lorenzo's last remaining title challenger Andrea Dovizioso, who himself was beaten on the last few laps by Shuhei Aoyama.
The Japanese rider's sixth place, combined with Marco Simoncelli's tumble on lap ten, confirmed the Japanese rider as this season's best rookie.
Manuel Poggiali, David De Gea ad Sylvain Guintoli completed the top ten for the final race of the 250cc season.
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