2009 Indianapolis 250cc Race Result - Championship Candidates Fight It Out

Result and summary of the 250cc race at Indianapolis:

Marco Simoncelli took victory in the 250cc race here at Indianapolis, holding off a race-long challenge from championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama. Simoncelli had his work cut out for him though: First he had to work his way past Jules Cluzel, who had got a lightning start and rocketed to the front, leading the first few laps. Simoncelli got past on lap 4, but Cluzel was not going down without a fight. Once Simoncelli was past, then Hiroshi Aoyama followed, the unfortunate Frenchman then had to watch his compatriate Mike di Meglio get ahead of him. Just how hard Cluzel was overriding his privateer Matteoni Aprilia became apparent on lap 8, after the Frenchman lost the front and slid off the bike.

By halfway, Simoncelli and Aoyama had a comfortable lead, but the Aspar Aprilias of Mike di Meglio and Alvaro Bautista were closing. Bautista was pushing hardest, first running down his team mate and passing him for 3rd, then getting on to chase Aoyama, but try as he might, he just couldn't close the gap, which never dropped below a second. Victory would come down to Simoncelli and Aoyama, but Aoyama, who had crashed his only bike during the morning warm up, did not quite have the pace or the setup to truly challenge the Italian. He got right onto the back of Simoncelli with 5 laps to go, but nearly lost it round the rear section of the track, and decided to settle for 2nd. With Simoncelli ahead of him and Bautista behind him, his lead to 2nd place man Alvaro Bautista in the championship grew to 16 points, while Simoncelli is still over a race away, 27 points back.


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 58 Marco SIMONCELLI GILERA 45'43.599  
2 4 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 45'45.542 1.943
3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA APRILIA 45'48.260 4.661
4 63 Mike DI MEGLIO APRILIA 45'56.375 12.776
5 15 Roberto LOCATELLI GILERA 45'59.074 15.475
6 40 Hector BARBERA APRILIA 46'03.070 19.471
7 52 Lukas PESEK APRILIA 46'06.281 22.682
8 55 Hector FAUBEL HONDA 46'16.408 32.809
9 12 Thomas LUTHI APRILIA 46'32.920 49.321
10 17 Karel ABRAHAM APRILIA 46'33.444 49.845
11 35 Raffaele DE ROSA HONDA 46'37.166 53.567
12 25 Alex BALDOLINI APRILIA 47'13.316 1'29.717
13 53 Valentin DEBISE HONDA 47'21.436 1'37.837
14 7 Axel PONS APRILIA 47'30.271 1'46.672
15 56 Vladimir LEONOV APRILIA 47'30.420 1'46.821
16 11 Balazs NEMETH APRILIA 46'09.367 1 lap
17 10 Imre TOTH APRILIA 46'38.325 1 lap
18 29 Barrett LONG YAMAHA 47'03.849 1 lap
19 30 Adam ROBERTS YAMAHA 47'04.092 1 lap
Not Classified
  14 Ratthapark WILAIROT HONDA 40'49.351 3 laps
  6 Alex DEBON APRILIA 32'03.283 8 laps
  16 Jules CLUZEL APRILIA 12'26.371 19 laps
  75 Mattia PASINI APRILIA 10'59.646 21 laps
Not finished first lap
  8 Bastien CHESAUX HONDA    
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On what is supposed to be a not-as-competitive bike (would that be right, David?).

Regardless of whether or not he winds up winning the championship, if he doesn't get a ride in MotoGP next year, it would be a shame.

I did an interview with Hiroshi Aoyama here at Indy, which I will be posting sometime over the next couple of weeks. It's very interesting, and yes, the bike is very second rate. 

You can't believe how happy I am to hear this. Despite leading the championship as well as being what (from a distance) appears to be a fairly gregarious guy, I have yet to get more than a couple of quick quotes from Aoyama.