2009 Donington 250cc Race Result - Dominant Victory On Drying Track

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.

Hiroshi Aoyama

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.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
2 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA APRILIA 45'23.239  
3 75 Mattia PASINI APRILIA 45'53.677 36.161
4 58 Marco SIMONCELLI GILERA 45'54.292 36.776
5 63 Mike DIMEGLIO APRILIA 45'58.934 41.418
6 6 Alex DEBON APRILIA 45'59.454 41.938
7 35 Raffaele DEROSA HONDA 46'14.999 57.483
8 40 Hector BARBERA APRILIA 46'17.491 59.975
9 12 Thomas LUTHI APRILIA 46'32.368 1'14.852
10 55 Hector FAUBEL HONDA 46'34.443 1'16.927
11 16 Jules CLUZEL APRILIA 46'38.872 1'21.356
12 52 Lukas PESEK APRILIA 46'39.181 1'21.665
13 15 Roberto LOCATELLI GILERA 46'47.092 1'29.576
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
Not Classified
  14 Ratthapark WILAIROT HONDA 31'44.865 9 laps
  95 Ralf WALDMANN APRILIA 9'31.159 22 laps
Not finished first lap
  11 Balazs NEMETH APRILIA    
Round Number: 
10
2009
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