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Melandri wins 250 title – by 0.007secs!

By contrast a subdued Nieto cruised back to the pits clearly disappointed to have lost both race and title despite a valiant effort. Meanwhile, the fight for the final podium position was won by Porto after Rolfo dropped 7secs on his last lap in an unseen incident.

“It was a very nice race because me and Fonsi overtook each other many times but always correctly,” beamed Melandri afterwards. “I wasn't so close (on the last lap at the hairpin) but I had to try and win the title – I brake really late and it worked, but (more important than winning) is that I'm now World Champion.”

Nieto then gave his views of the epic battle: “I tried to push in the beginning, but I had problems with a full fuel tank. Melandri followed me and on the last lap we passed so many times. I tried to get an advantage as I knew he would beat me on the run to the flag, but he passed me (before then) anyway.”

Third placed Porto added: “I'm really happy to be on the podium. I pushed very hard and I tried to pass Rolfo at the hairpin and got through.”

Full results to follow…

1. Melandri
2. Nieto
3. Porto
4. Rolfo
5. Elias
6. de Puniet
7. Battaini
8. Checa

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