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250: Simoncelli wins at Indy.

Marco Simoncelli became the first and last winner of a 250cc Indianapolis Grand Prix, following last year's storm-cancelled event and prior to the introduction of Moto2, with a 1.943sec victory over world championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama.

Simoncelli and Aoyama reached the front of the pack within four laps while Alvaro Bautista, who began round eleven 12 points behind Aoyama, once again made a sluggish start.

The Spaniard finished lap one in tenth place before rising to fourth - behind Simoncelli, Aoyama and pole sitter Mike di Meglio - on lap 8 of 26.

Aoyama continued to match Simoncelli's Metis Gilera through the middle stages, while Bautista took third from Aspar Aprilia team-mate di Meglio with ten laps to go. The 2010 Suzuki MotoGP rider then faced a 1.5sec gap to Aoyama, which he was unable to bridge.

A scare for Aoyama with five laps to go gave Simoncelli vital breathing room and the Italian won his fourth race of the year by just under two-seconds from the Scot Honda rider.

Simoncelli thus became the first rider this season to take back-to-back wins, and has closed from 32 points to 27 points from Aoyama with five rounds to go. Bautista remains second, but is now 16 points from the Japanese.

Class rookie di Meglio, who survived a near highside and contact with Aoyama early in the race, confirmed fourth.

Jules Cluzel, fastest in the wet on Friday, produced a further surprise by leading the first three laps of the race before a spectacular fall from fourth on lap 8 left the Frenchman - second at the Qatar season opener - punching the grass in frustration.

Race results - Indianapolis:

1. Simoncelli (Gilera)
2. Aoyama (Honda) +1.943sec
3. Bautista (Aprilia) +4.661sec
4. di Meglio (Aprilia) +12.776sec
5. Locatelli (Gilera) +15.475sec
6. Barbera (Aprilia) +19.471sec
7. Pesek (Aprilia) +22.682sec
8. Faubel (Honda) +32.809sec
9. Luthi (Aprilia) +49.321sec
10. Abraham (Aprilia) +49.845sec

Related Pictures

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Simoncelli, Indianapolis 250GP Race 2009
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A fans Rossi and Simoncelli helmet, Spanish MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Argentinian MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Argentinian MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Qatar MotoGP test, March 2017
Paolo Simoncelli, Jerez Moto3 test 8-10 March 2017
Iannone, Marco Rigamonti Valencia MotoGP 2016
Iannone, Marco Rigamonti Valencia MotoGP 2016
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Iannone, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Banner, San Marino Moto2 2016
Ezpeleta, Paulo Simoncelli, San Marino MotoGP 2016
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Ezpeleta, Paulo Simoncelli, San Marino MotoGP 2016
Rossi, displaying Simoncelli`s number, 58, on his helmet. Austrian MotoGP Race 2016

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holes - Unregistered

August 30, 2009 7:40 PM

Note to Carlton Kirby of Eurosport... would you please, please, PLEASE stop laughing and chuckling at your own stupid comments! Even James Haydon is embarrassed by it! Terrible presenter... Eurosport has improved so much this year (widescreen at last, no commercials during the race) but you are tying with the BBC for crap commentary... I though Ryder and Moody were only missing 3 races this year (sure I read that at the start of the season)?

CosherB - Unregistered

August 30, 2009 7:22 PM

Well done BBC, I have just found that the last 10 laps of the 250cc race were not shown on Freeview, and had to go online to watch the end of the race. This is desperately frustrating for the viewers that enjoy the BBC coverage of the premier global motorcycling series and gives further credence to the impression that the BBC isn't really that serious about MotoGP coverage.

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