Aprilia’s Pasini second, Barbera fifth at Jerez
The 250cc Spanish GP was absolutely breathtaking. The wide audience on the hills of Jerez de la Frontera was incredulous up until the end, when the race turned out in the most unthinkable way. Aprilia performed brilliantly, but has to be contented with the second step of the podium.
The race began quite monotonously with Bautista starting well from the pole followed by a tiny group of riders. Right from the second lap he managed to outdistance the others together with Simoncelli who, by the fifth lap, had already gained two second lead over his followers Kallio, Luthi, Barbera and Simon. The escapers managed to gain ground lap after lap overtaking each other in the last lap in order to launch the final attack. But, a few corners to the finishing line, something totally unexpected happened: Bautista, coming out of a corner, experienced an engine power drop and Simoncelli, who could not avoid him, went crushing against him. Kallio, who was eight seconds behind, could get to the finishing line 4”277 before Pasini, the current leader of the world stand, who got second, beating Takahashi’s Honda, Aoyama’s KTM and Barbera’s RSA.
“It has been surprising – said Pasini – we had encountered problems during the whole week end and now I am on the podium. I did not start well, and I lagged behind. The pace was good but it would have been impossible to reach the first riders. Eventually I was extremely lucky, as Bautista and Simoncelli fell, while the contact between Barbera and Debon make them lose some positions. I could then fight for the final stretch. At last I can say “WHAT A LUCK!!”.
“I don’t know what to say – said Bautista – I was performing a great race with Simoncelli, but then, coming out of a corned my engine lost power, so Marco cound not do anything but coming against me. I am very sorry, for both of us”.
Barbera got the fifth position. He was strongly penalised in the twenty-third lap, by his contact with Debon, in the six position. Espargaro is nine followed by Pesek and Baldolini. Abraham, Hernandez and Toth are in the top fifteen. Laverty withdrew, while Faubel, Luthi and, as mentioned before, Bautista were victims of a fall.