Results and report of the 250cc race at Jerez:
Hiroshi Aoyama won a race-long thriller, depriving the Spanish fans of a home victory for the second time on Sunday. Polesitter Alex Debon led away from the line, but within 3 laps, Alvaro Bautista, Marco Simoncelli, Hiroshi Aoyama and Hector Barbera came by and pulled away, though Barbera could do little more than follow. Three nationalities on three different bikes swapped places on almost every lap, often multiple times. The Sito Pons, Dry Sack and Angel Nieto corners were the favorite passing spots, with Simoncelli, Bautista and Aoyama taking turns at the front.
With four laps to go, Marco Simoncelli's choice of a softer front tire failed on him, the front sliding and eventually causing him to lose touch with Bautista and Aoyama, and letting the lurking Barbera past. Bautista led across the line to start the final lap, but Aoyama was just inches from the back wheel of the Aprilia. Aoyama pushed at Pons and Dry Sack, and finally dived underneath at Nieto, taking the lead away at the corner named after another Spanish racing great, but Bautista was not ready to surrender, chasing the Honda of Aoyama down through the long fast rights that lead into the final corner, then diving up the inside into Jerez' infamous Turn 13, the corner that has decided so many races.
It was a move Bautista had made before, and Aoyama had countered successfully several times through the race. Bautista entered the corner ahead, but ran a little wide, allowing Aoyama to come back underneath and hold the lead across the line to take victory. Marco Simoncelli crossed the line in 3rd, scoring his first points of the season, having snatched back the final podium place from Hector Barbera on the last lap. Thomas Luthi crossed the line in 5th, successfully pipping Mattia Pasini on the last lap.
Results of the 250cc race at Jerez:
|10||35||Raffaele DE ROSA||HONDA||45'41.174||32.369|
|11||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||APRILIA||45'41.422||32.617|
|17||8||Bastien CHESAUX||HONDA||45'17.952||1 lap|
|18||77||Aitor RODRIGUEZ||APRILIA||45'24.420||1 lap|
|19||56||Vladimir LEONOV||APRILIA||45'45.476||1 lap|
|20||53||Valentin DEBISE||HONDA||46'27.875||1 lap|
|7||Axel PONS||APRILIA||39'34.811||4 laps|
|76||Ivan MAESTRO||APRILIA||32'52.278||8 laps|
|25||Alex BALDOLINI||APRILIA||17'59.444||16 laps|
|6||Alex DEBON||APRILIA||15'50.963||17 laps|
|17||Karel ABRAHAM||APRILIA||5'24.344||23 laps|