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Barbera wins as Aoyama takes title

Hiroshi AoyamaHector Barbera delighted his home crowd at Valencia by winning the last ever 250cc race, as Hiroshi Aoyama took the title.

In a fairly exciting final race of the class, before the new Moto2 series takes over next year, Marco Simoncelli threw away all chances to snatch the title from Aoyama when he crashed from the lead late in the race.

The Japanese, who only needed an 11th place in case the Italian won, fought hard for the leading positions in the early laps before running his Scot Honda wide into the gravel on lap ten and rejoining right down in 11th place.

Simoncelli's only hope for retaining his crown was to win, but seven laps from the end of the 27-lap race, with Barbera just a few tenths behind, he lost the front of his Gilera and retired, handing the lead of the race and second in the championship to Barbera.

The Pepe Aprilia rider won the race over three seconds ahead of compatriot Alvaro Bautista (Aspar Aprilia).

Scot Honda's Raffaele de Rosa managed to take the final podium position with Emmi Aprilia's Tomas Luthi just 0.015s behind.

Ratthapack Wilairot (Thai Honda) classified fifth, ahead of Karel Abraham (Cardion Aprilia) and a delighted Aoyama in seventh.

Pole position man Alex Debon did not take part in the race after injuring himself by crashing heavily at the end of yesterday's qualifying.

Pos  Rider                Bike     Time/Gap
 1.  Hector Barbera       Aprilia  44m10.601s
 2.  Alvaro Bautista      Aprilia  + 3.663s
 3.  Raffaele de Rosa     Honda    + 5.665s
 4.  Thomas Luthi         Aprilia  + 5.680s
 5.  Ratthapark Wilairot  Honda    + 13.601s
 6.  Karel Abraham        Aprilia  + 13.697s
 7.  Hiroshi Aoyama       Honda    + 27.438s
 8.  Alex Baldolini       Aprilia  + 35.097s
 9.  Roberto Locatelli    Gilera   + 35.866s
10.  Shoya Tomizawa       Honda    + 40.176s
11.  Shuhei Aoyama        Honda    + 49.095s
12.  Lukas Pesek          Aprilia  + 53.132s
13.  Balazs Nemeth        Aprilia  + 1m06.014s
14.  Mike di Meglio       Aprilia  + 1m18.692s
15.  Valentin Debise      Honda    + 1m18.876s
16.  Bastien Chesaux      Aprilia  + 1 lap
17.  Vladimir Leonov      Aprilia  + 1 lap
18.  William Dunlop       Honda    + 1 lap
19.  Imre Toth            Aprilia  + 1 lap


     Jules Cluzel         Aprilia  23 laps
     Marco Simoncelli     Gilera   20 laps
     Axel Pons            Aprilia  19 laps
     Mattia Pasini        Aprilia  11 laps
     Hector Faubel        Honda    7 laps
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