Results and summary of the 250cc race at Phillip Island:
Marco Simoncelli won the red-flagged 250cc race in Australia, and with Hiroshi Aoyama and Alvaro Bautista losing points, came a big step closer to retaining his 250cc title. Simoncelli took the lead early on in the race, but Hector Barbera, Alvaro Bautista and Raffaele de Rosa stuck with him. Hiroshi Aoyama was with the group early, but could not match the pace of the leading group, soon dropping off the back. As Aoyama lost contact with the leaders, so Simoncelli started to edge away at the front.
With Simoncelli increasingly out of reach, Alvaro Bautista pushed on to try and catch the Italian, but his determination to stay in the title chase saw him push too far, crashing out on lap 18. One lap later, Roberto Locatelli crashed heavily at MG corner, and was left lying on the tarmac, leaving race direction no option but to red flag the race. Locatelli was later taken to the Clinica Mobile, where initial reports indicate that he is largely unhurt, but very badly bruised by the crash.
The red flag meant that the result of the race was determined by the standings on lap 18, giving Simoncelli victory, and putting Hector Barbera in 2nd and Raffaele de Rosa in 3rd, the Italian's first career podium, crowning a strong weekend for the Scot Honda rider. Jules Cluzel and Mike di Meglio also followed strong weekends with good results, finishing 4th and 5th respectively, Cluzel lucky in crashing out on the same lap as Locatelli and retaining his position thanks to the red flag. The red flag also aided Hiroshi Aoyama, as the Japanese rider saw the place he lost on lap 19 returned to him, giving him an extra point for 7th place.
Simoncelli's victory shakes up the championship, closing the gap to leader Aoyama to 12 points, while Bautista's crash just about takes him out of the championship equation, and will further sour his relationship with Aspar team manager Jorge Martinez.
|3||35||Raffaele DE ROSA||HONDA||28'20.007||2.604|
|5||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||APRILIA||28'29.595||12.192|
|18||10||Imre TOTH||APRILIA||28'40.153||1 lap|
|19||53||Valentin DEBISE||HONDA||28'45.916||1 lap|
|7||Axel PONS||APRILIA||26'09.203||2 laps|
|25||Alex BALDOLINI||APRILIA||24'23.926||3 laps|
|75||Mattia PASINI||APRILIA||11'11.057||11 laps|
|56||Vladimir LEONOV||APRILIA||12'15.184||11 laps|