Results and summary of the 250cc race at Donington:
Hiroshi Aoyama took victory in the 250cc race at Donington, after a dominant display of pace. The Scot Honda rider took the lead on the first entry into the Old Hairpin, and never looked back. Aoyama took a lead of 1 second a lap during the early laps, and managed the gap for the rest of the race. Alvaro Bautista was also quickly through the field, to chase Aoyama, but he couldn't make any ground until the second half of the race. Eventually, he started closing, but just as he started to reel Aoyama in, he ran into traffic and was forced to give up on what would have been a very difficult chase anyway.
The real interest in the race was behind Aoyama and Bautista. Alex Debon, Marco Simoncelli and Mattia Pasini scrapped for much of the race, all three of them making crucial mistakes. In the end the final podium spot came down to a straight fight between Pasini and Simoncelli, Pasini coming out on top, aiding both Aoyama's and Bautista's title hopes.
The race was again a strange mix, with lots of people crashing in the wet conditions. A number of riders went into the pits to change tires, having started out on wets and swapping to dry tires. The gamble paid off, as riders such as Karel Abraham and Alex Baldolini who went in for dry rubber were setting laps 3 seconds or more faster than the front runners. But by this time, they were too far behind to do anything but pick up a couple of points.
|14||17||Karel ABRAHAM||APRILIA||45'21.414||1 lap|
|15||48||Shoya TOMIZAWA||HONDA||45'40.123||1 lap|
|16||25||Alex BALDOLINI||APRILIA||45'57.639||1 lap|
|17||10||Imre TOTH||APRILIA||46'27.990||1 lap|
|18||64||Luke MOSSEY||APRILIA||46'40.616||1 lap|
|19||53||Valentin DEBISE||HONDA||45'18.031||2 laps|
|20||7||Axel PONS||APRILIA||45'39.354||2 laps|
|21||77||Aitor RODRIGUEZ||APRILIA||45'39.920||2 laps|
|22||8||Bastien CHESAUX||HONDA||46'31.526||2 laps|
|23||54||Toby MARKHAM||APRILIA||45'30.773||4 laps|
|14||Ratthapark WILAIROT||HONDA||31'44.865||9 laps|
|95||Ralf WALDMANN||APRILIA||9'31.159||22 laps|
|Not finished first lap|