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Lorenzo takes tense 250 victory, Loca stars

8 April 2006

Jorge Lorenzo took victory in today's 250cc Qatar Grand Prix after a determined challenge from Andrea Dovizioso ended in a near repeat of the tightest ever grand prix finish, in 2004's 125 race, which featured the same two riders.

"I thought I wasn't going to do it," admitted Lorenzo after his second win in a row. "Being in front for so many laps is not good because the rider behind can watch you and decide what he wants to do. I tried to shake off Dovizioso but I could not manage it which worried me as he is a very clever rider who can take advantage at any moment.

"But I have won here again, just as I did in the 125s two years ago although the level is a bit higher this time. The wind made it difficult for us but the important thing is that we have two wins and have a little advantage in the championship already. The team is working together perfectly and now we just have to keep it up," he added.

Meanwhile, former 125cc world champion Roberto Locatelli had a phenomenal race, during which he took the holeshot, crashed his non-factory bike and then fought his way right back to third! The Italian moved through the 250cc pack like a man possessed, and stepped onto the podium for the first time this season.

Hector Barbera came home fourth ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama, Sylvain Guintoli and Sebas Porto, whilst Marco Simoncelli and Yuki Takahashi snatched eighth and ninth spot on the last lap from Jakub Smrz.


250cc top ten – Spanish Grand Prix:

1. Lorenzo (Aprilia)
2. Dovizioso (Honda) +0.077secs
3. Locatelli (Aprilia) +19.364secs
4. Barbera (Aprilia) +19.398secs
5. H. Aoyama (KTM) +24.051secs
6. Guintoli (Aprilia) +28.695secs
7. Porto (Honda) +33.255secs
8. Simoncelli (Gilera) +34.214secs
9. Takahashi (Honda) +34.406secs
10. Smrz (Aprilia) +34.419secs

17. Davies (Aprilia) +1min 44.684secs


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