Misano MotoGP: Bautista takes the win in a heated 250 clash
Mapfre Aspar Team rider Alvaro Bautista took his third win of the season at a dramatic 250 race today at Misano.
Lining up on the grid today Spaniard Hector Barbera was in pole position after winning the qualifying duel he had with rival Metis Gilera rider Simoncelli. That left the Italian Simoncelli in second on the front row, followed by Lotus Aprilia rider Espargaro and Takahashi for JiR Team Scot 250.
With 23 laps still to go, Alex Debon crashed out with a nasty highside, taking out fellow Spanish rider Hector Faubel in the process.
Championship contender Mika Kallio also had some bad luck early on when he ran into the back of his Red Bull KTM 250 team mate Hiroshi Aoyama, putting them both out of the race at Misano today.
Up at the front, the race started to get very heated with 19 laps to go when Barbera forced Simoncelli off track, letting Yuki Takahashi move up past them into first place.
Mattia Pasini was having a good race, even moving into first at one point as the other front runners battled it out and slowed each other down, but a clash with Barbera eventually ended with Pasini crashing out spectacularly. The Italian fortunately escaped unharmed.
Pushing hard near the end of the race, Simoncelli make a mistake and slid off the track, but he was up on his feet almost before he'd stopped sliding and got back into the race, impressively still managing to take 6th place.
1 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Aprilia 43'15.831
2 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN JiR Team Scot 250 Honda 43'17.919
3 Hector BARBERA SPA Team Toth Aprilia Aprilia 43'19.583
4 Roberto LOCATELLI ITA Metis Gilera Gilera 43'23.303
5 Julian SIMON SPA Repsol KTM 250cc KTM 43'26.693
6 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA Metis Gilera Gilera 43'37.011
7 Thomas LUTHI SWI Emmi - Caffe Latte Aprilia 43'45.271
8 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT SAG Honda 43'49.713
9 Lukas PESEK CZE Auto Kelly - CP Aprilia 43'50.882
10 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Aprilia 44'01.236
11 Fabrizio LAI ITA Campetella Racing Gilera 44'03.091
12 Federico SANDI ITA Matteoni Racing Aprilia 44'26.495
13 Manuel HERNANDEZ SPA Blusens Aprilia Aprilia 44'26.713
14 Toni WIRSING GER Racing Team Germany Honda 44'49.163
15 Simone GROTZKYJ ITA Campetella Racing Gilera 43'29.476
16 Doni Tata PRADITA INA Yamaha Pertamina Indonesia Yamaha 43'44.942
Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Lotus Aprilia Aprilia 32'11.887
Eugene LAVERTY IRL Blusens Aprilia Aprilia 23'43.733
Imre TOTH HUN Team Toth Aprilia Aprilia 22'03.318
Mattia PASINI ITA Polaris World Aprilia 18'22.842
Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Red Bull KTM 250 KTM 5'07.423
Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM 250 KTM 5'07.497
Hector FAUBEL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Aprilia 3'29.465
Alex DEBON SPA Lotus Aprilia Aprilia 3'29.753
Alex BALDOLINI ITA Matteoni Racing Aprilia 1'50.835