Moto2: Bautista takes stunning victory

Alvaro Bautista took a stunning victory in the 250cc Portuguese Grand Prix that saw him claw back to the lead from falling to 12th place after the first lap

Moto2: Bautista takes stunning victory

The Spaniard started the race from the sixth spot, but a bad start saw him dropping outside the top ten. At the beginning of lap 6 he was already in seventh place, and in the space of two more laps he was third.

Within six more laps the Aprilia rider made up a 3.2 second gap to championship leader Jorge Lorenzo (also on Aprilia), who was running in second place behind pole setter Andrea Dovizioso's Honda.

On lap 16 Bautista overtook first Lorenzo and then Dovizioso with two clean moves. The Italian managed to stay with Bautista for a few laps, while Lorenzo was content with settling for third and did not challenge the two men in front.

In the last laps Dovizioso gave up all hopes of winning the race and let Bautista win with a gap over four seconds.

Lorenzo finished third 1.7 seconds behind Dovizioso, with the Aprilia of Thomas Luthi taking fourth a further six seconds behind.

Hector Barbera, who was third until Bautista overtook him on lap 8, managed to finish fifth by beating the sister Aprilia of Alex de Angelis on the line.

Gilera's Marco Simoncelli finished in seventh, followed by Julian Simon 30 seconds behind the winner.

The next rider to take the flag was Fabrizio Lai, over 40 seconds behind Simon. Karel Abraham rounds up the top ten.

The KTMs had a disastrous race with both bikes retiring with mechanical problems.

On lap 5 it was Mika Kallio's turn of withdrawing from third place, while Hiroshi Aoyama's engine sized with three laps to go when the Japanese was in 4th place.

Pos Driver Car/Engine Laps Time/Delay
1 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 26 43:56.458
2 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 26 4.367
3 Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia 26 6.148
4 Thomas Luthi Aprilia 26 12.685
5 Hector Barbera Aprilia 26 13.411
6 Alex de Angelis Aprilia 26 13.440
7 Marco Simoncelli Gilera 26 30.322
8 Julian Simon Honda 26 30.634
9 Fabrizio Lai Aprilia 26 1:12.253
10 Karel Abraham Aprilia 26 1:12.319
11 Dirk Heidolf Aprilia 26 1:14.060
12 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 26 1:14.159
13 Jules Cluzel Aprilia 26 1:14.575
14 Eugene Laverty Honda 26 1:30.978
15 Imre Toth Aprilia 25 1 Lap
16 Alvaro Molina Aprilia 25 1 Lap
17 Chow Ho Wan Aprilia 24 2 Laps
- Efren Vazquez Aprilia 23 Retirement
- Ratthapark Wilairot Honda 23 Retirement
- Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 22 Retirement
- Shuhei Aoyama Honda 18 Retirement
- Dan Linfoot Aprilia 18 Retirement
- Alex Baldolini Aprilia 7 Retirement
- Mika Kallio KTM 4 Retirement
- Yuki Takahashi Honda 2 Retirement
- Roberto Locatelli Gilera 1 Retirement
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Author Michele Lostia