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125: Bautista walks British GP
2 July 2006
Alvaro Bautista completed a Spanish triple crown of wins at Donington Park, and like the two classes to race before him, he did it in dominating fashion.
The 125cc Aprilia rider had started from pole position, although did not get to the front of the pack until the third lap. He then opened up a huge gap to the duo battling behind him, Mika Kallio and Mattia Pasini, eventually crossing the line with three and a half seconds to spare.
A daring last corner manoeuvre saw Finland's Kallio reduce the damage to his title chances to the minimum as he took second, with Pasini coming home four hundredths of a second behind. Bautista's team-mates Hector Faubel and Sergio Gadea completed the top five, with Joan Olive, Lukas Pesek, Thomas Luthi, Nico Terol and Gabor Talmacsi rounding off the top ten.
There was some cheer for British race fans meanwhile, as 15 year-old Bradley Smith took his first World Championship points at his home race. The Repsol Honda rider came home in twelfth place (4pts) after having finished the last two races in sixteenth spot and just outside the points.
"From the start I dropped a few places but I hung in there until the tyres really were up to temperature and then I went for it," revealed a delighted Smith, who celebrated with his family afterwards. "This time I had more self belief than in the last two races where I've been in a similar position. I told myself I can and I will pass those riders in front of me. Four World Championship points and in front of my home crowd is really the icing on the cake."
125cc top ten – British Grand Prix:
1. Bautista (Aprilia)
2. Kallio (KTM) +3.454secs
3. Pasini (Aprilia) +3.499secs
4. Faubel (Aprilia) +14.869secs
5. Gadea (Aprilia) +17.032secs
6. Olive (Aprilia) +20.683secs
7. Pesek (Derbi) +22.286secs
8. Luthi (Honda) +24.899secs
9. Terol (Derbi) +25.138secs
10. Talmacsi (Honda) +25.276secs
12. Smith (Honda) +30.064secs
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