Barbera beats Pasini to Misano win
|By Michele Lostia||Sunday, September 6th 2009, 11:15 GMT|
Hector Barbera has beaten Mattia Pasini for victory in an exciting battle over the final laps of the 250cc San Marino Grand Prix at Misano.
The two Aprilia riders, who ran alone at the front for the second half of the 26-lap race once Marco Simoncelli crashed his Gilera out of second place on lap 13, engaged in a hard but fair fight against each other, with the Pepe World Team rider beating the Team Toth one by just four hundredths of a second.
Title contender Alvaro Bautista (Aspar) made it an Aprilia 1-2-3, by just edging over championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama's Scot Honda by a mere six thousandths of a second.
Bautista's rookie team-mate Mike di Meglio classified fifth, followed by Jules Cluzel (Matteoni Aprilia), Alex Debon (Blusens Aprilia) and Raffaele de Rosa (Scot Honda).
Simoncelli's team-mate Roberto Locatelli also ended his race with crash on lap 20 while running seventh.
CLASSIFIED: Pos Rider Bike Time 1. Hector Barbera Aprilia 43m23.353s 2. Mattia Pasini Aprilia + 0.040s 3. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia + 1.691s 4. Hiroshi Aoyama Honda + 1.697s 5. Mike Di Meglio Aprilia + 1.921s 6. Jules Cluzel Aprilia + 9.202s 7. Alex Debon Aprilia + 10.483s 8. Raffaele De Rosa Honda + 11.360s 9. Hector Faubel Honda + 18.953s 10. Thomas Luthi Aprilia + 24.480s 11. Karel Abraham Aprilia + 24.680s 12. Shoya Tomizawa Honda + 51.521s 13. Alex Baldolini Aprilia + 52.474s 14. Valentin Debise Honda +1m11.675s 15. Balazs Nemeth Aprilia +1m15.515s 16. Axel Pons Aprilia +1m15.666s 17. Vladimir Leonov Aprilia + 1 Lap 18. Imre Toth Aprilia + 1 Lap 19. Aitor Rodriguez Aprilia + 1 Lap NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Rider Bike On lap R.Wilairot Honda 21 R.Locatelli Gilera 20 Toby Markham Aprilia 15 Marco Simoncelli Gilera 12 Bastien Chesaux Honda 3 Lukas Pesek Aprilia 2 Sergio Gadea Aprilia 0 FASTEST LAP: Aoyama, 1m39.039a on lap 23