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250: Bautista wins - Pasini, Kallio scare.

The Spaniard, who suffered a mechanical failure while leading on the last lap of his home Jerez race and was hit from behind by Marco Simoncelli - bringing them both down - blasted past pole sitter Simoncelli along the back straight during the opening lap, then rode into the distance.

Mapfre Aprilia rider Bautista, sixth at the Qatar season-opener but a former Estoril winner in both 125 and 250, eventually won round three by an untouchable 7.050secs over Simoncelli, while Jerez winner Mika Kallio mounted a late charge to draw alongside Simoncelli's Gilera on the run to the flag.

But when Simoncelli made a last-gasp change of direction to try and shake off the Finn, the two made contact, allowing Simoncelli to confirm second position - and his first 250GP podium - by a slim 0.013secs over the furious KTM rider.

The fight for fourth between Mattia Pasini, Hiroshi Aoyama and Yuki Takahashi was just as close, with championship leader Pasini falling after a collision with Aoyama six laps from the finish - for which the polite Japanese later apologised - but Pasini soon had much greater worries.

After remounting, the Italian suffered a huge scare when he arrived at the end of the back straight without a front brake, which had been damaged in the earlier fall. The inevitable accident fortunately left Pasini unhurt, but his Polaris World Aprilia flipped high into the air before coming to a rest.

Kallio now leads the world championship by 12 points over Pasini, with Bautista up to fifth and 22 points from the top.

Race results - Estoril:

1. Bautista (Aprilia)
2. Simoncelli (Gilera) +7.050secs
3. Kallio (KTM) +7.063secs
4. Luthi (Aprilia) +12.998secs
5. Aoyama (KTM) +14.666secs
6. Takahashi (Honda) +18.498secs
7. Simon (KTM) +26.812secs
8. Barbera (Aprilia) +28.012secs
9. Faubel (Aprilia) +28.288secs
10. Pesek (Aprilia) +36.966secs

15. Laverty (Aprilia) +1min 21.363secs

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April 13, 2008 1:20 PM

Excellent race by Bautista! *applause* Really a dominant win once again in Estoril. Nice move afterwards also by Aoyama and Pasini after their little collision. The gentlemen behaviour seems to take over the 250cc class. ;)

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April 13, 2008 7:23 PM

Except for Simoncelli ; his move to prevent Kallio from passing was highly dangerous and, should Kallio's brake lever have hit Simoncelli's bike or ass, the poor Finn would have been sent flying high in the air at 150mph. Really an unfair and rechless maneuver from the hairy Italian.

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