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2009 Valencia 250cc Warm Up Result - Simoncelli Readies For Battle

Alex Debon went out for a test lap, but was in too much pain. So the final 250 race ever will start with a different polesitter. Debon qualified on pole, but because he won't be starting, Marco Simoncelli will be starting from pole, alongside Hector Barbera, Ratthapark Wilairot and Hiroshi Aoyama, who moves up onto the front row.

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2009 Valencia 250cc QP Result - Polesitter Crashes In Final Minute

Results of qualifying for the 250 class at Valencia:

Alex Debon took the last ever 250cc pole position at Valencia, but it brought the Valencia native little luck. Debon, who carries sponsorship from a regional airport, located just up the coast from Valencia, crashed heavily with just a couple of minutes left in the session caused by what looked like a seized engine. The Spaniard went straight on into the gravel, and was thrown off his bike just before he ran out of space and hit the barrier. Debon was then stretchered away, his condition as yet unknown.

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2009 Valencia 250cc FP2 Result - Di Meglio Disrupts Valencian Fiesta

Mike di Meglio topped the timesheets in  the second session of free practice for the 250cc class, relegating the Valencian riders into a battle for 2nd. Alex Debon was the fastest of the local boys, edging out Hector Barbera by just fifteen hundredths of a second. Championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama finished the session in 4th, in good shape for this afternoon's qualifying. Marco Simoncelli, the only man capable of denying Aoyama the final 250 crown, had a more difficult time, ending the session in 8th.

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2009 Valencia 250cc FP1 Result - Local Heroes Slug It Out

Hector Barbera won the battle of the Valencians on the first day of practice for the 250cc class. The local hero relegated Alex Debon to 2nd place, Barbera leading Debon by over three tenths of a second. Alvaro Bautista was another three tenths behind in 3rd, ahead of championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama. Aoyama usefully put his team mate Raffaele de Rosa between himself and the only man capable of challenging him for the title, Marco Simoncelli.

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2009 MotoGP Valencia Preview - End Of An Era

There is always a strange atmosphere at the final MotoGP round at Valencia. It is probably the biggest party of the season, but a sense of sadness permeates the party atmosphere, making it feel more like the wild and desperate abandon of the night before the world is due to end than the joyous celebration of racing it could be. The Valencia MotoGP round is as much parting as it is party.

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2010 MotoGP Calendar To Be Reshuffled After Valencia

Putting together a season of international motorcycle racing is difficult enough at the best of times. But the 2010 calendar has proven to be a particularly tough nut to crack, as the FIFA Soccer World Cup and a reshuffle of the Formula One calendar has wreaked havoc and caused a number of high-profile clashes. Le Mans is scheduled for the same weekend as the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, and the Misano MotoGP round is due to clash with the Monza Formula One race. Add the fact that several World Cup soccer matches are likely to be played at the same time as some of the MotoGP races, and the complexity of the calendar is complete.

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Nakano to Announce Retirement?

A variety of sources are reporting that "Super" Shinya Nakano wiil announce his retirement from competition at a press conference in Japan tomorrow. Nakano, who raced for the Factory Aprilia team in WSBK this past season, had some good finishes but was plagued by injuries in the latter portion of the year. The highlight of  Nakano's twelve year career on the world scene was probably his 2000 season on the Chesterfield Tech 3 Yamaha 250, where he narrowly lost the 250cc world championship to teammate Olivier Jacque in a near photo finish at the season-ending race at Phillip Island.

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2010 Racing Calendar Changes Likely

Putting together the calendar for any motorcycle racing series is always a puzzle, depending on a huge number of factors such as circuit availability, travel distance, expense and a host of others. Alongside all of these more obvious factors, the MotoGP calendar also takes into account the scheduling of Formula One. An informal agreement exists between the bosses of Formula One and MotoGP to avoid direct calendar clashes wherever possible, in order to ensure the highest possible TV audiences for both series.

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2009 Sepang 250cc Race Result - Thriller Sees Another Photo Finish For 2nd

Results and report for the 250cc race at Sepang:

Hiroshi Aoyama has moved a step closer to becoming the last ever 250cc World Champion by taking victory at Sepang. The Scot Honda Rider was part of the leading group comprising Hector Barbera, Marco Simoncelli and Jules Cluzel, who fought a stunning battle for much of the race, with the lead changing hands almost on a lap by lap basis.

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