2009 Qatar 250cc Race Result - Surprise Winner, Backmarker On Podium

Full result of the 250cc race at the 2009 Qatar Grand Prix:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 40 Hector BARBERA APRILIA 26'50.940  
2 16 Jules CLUZEL APRILIA 26'51.766 0.826
3 63 Mike DIMEGLIO APRILIA 26'57.121 6.181
4 4 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 26'57.549 6.609
5 35 Raffaele DEROSA HONDA 26'57.596 6.656
6 12 Thomas LUTHI APRILIA 26'57.612 6.672
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA APRILIA 26'58.548 7.608
8 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT HONDA 26'59.289 8.349
9 15 Roberto LOCATELLI GILERA 27'05.972 15.032
10 28 Gabor TALMACSI APRILIA 27'11.288 20.348
11 55 Hector FAUBEL HONDA 27'11.405 20.465
12 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA HONDA 27'19.342 28.402
13 52 Lukas PESEK APRILIA 27'19.846 28.906
14 6 Alex DEBON APRILIA 27'24.719 33.779
15 25 Alex BALDOLINI APRILIA 27'27.928 36.988
16 8 Bastien CHESAUX HONDA 27'52.670 1'01.730
17 10 Imre TOTH APRILIA 27'54.452 1'03.512
18 56 Vladimir LEONOV APRILIA 28'23.325 1'32.385
19 77 Aitor RODRIGUEZ APRILIA 28'29.692 1'38.752
Not Classified
  17 Karel ABRAHAM APRILIA 16'45.822 5 laps
Not finished first lap
  7 Axel PONS APRILIA    
  75 Mattia PASINI APRILIA    

 

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Comments

It looked to me like Cluzel rode a great race, and had the corner speed to win, especially in the corner entrance. Regardless of his previous performance (of which I haven't a clue), it seems a bit unfair to label the guy as a 'backmarker'.

Obviously the podium had some surprises, but I'm guessing you won't be referring to Bautista as a 'backmarker' in the next race write up, correct? Give Cluzel his due.

Your points are all valid, but I try to write the headlines for race results without including obvious spoilers. This, plus the fact that I only have very limited space, means I have to take some - huge - shortcuts. Cluzel is obviously talented (you don't get 2nd otherwise), and his status as a backmarker is more to do with his equipment than his ability. But the difference between the LEs and the RSAs is much less this year, so talent is rising to the top more easily.