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Katoh claims three out of three.

In the next few lap Katoh began to steadily pull away from the #31 Aprilia, with Melandri starting to look for a way past Lucchi for third, which he duly found, at the end of the start/finish straight, and he soon set about trying to close the now considerable gap to the lead pair.

Positions remained static at the front, with Harada, who had now stopped Katoh pulling away; unable to get any closer, while Melandri in turn was not closing the 4sec gap to his Japanese teammate.

By lap 16 Katoh had begun to stretch his legs once again, and built up a 2.4sec lead over Harada, with nearly every lap the Telefonica MoviStar Honda rider completed being the fastest ever.

Meanwhile, Shahrol Yuzy high-sided from his Petronas Yamaha with 5 to go, 1 lap later Yuzy's teammate Naoki Matsudo followed suit by crashing from his #8 machine in similar fashion.

3 to go and Katoh now held a commanding 8.812sec lead at the front of the field, as he began to lap backmarkers in the closing stages of the race, with Harada clearly having backed off and settled for second, ahead of Melandri, Lucchi and Nieto.

Katoh continued in a class of his own, and duly went on to win the Spanish Grand Prix by a huge 11.789secs from countryman Harada, while David de Gea crashed out on the very last corner.

Full results to follow…

1. Katoh
2. Harada +11.789secs
3. Melandri +17.335secs
4. Lucchi +17.890secs
5. Nieto +23.696secs
6. Alzamora +24.979secs
7. Rolfo +25.757secs
8. Locatelli +32.201secs
9. Battaini +39.404secs
10. McWilliams +39.510secs
11. Hofmann +53.435secs
12. Matsudo +53.471secs
13. Debon +1min 02.113secs
14. Nohles +1min 02.437secs
15. Lanzi +1min 07.791secs

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