Pasini wins on his debut
|By Michele Lostia||Sunday, March 9th 2008, 19:12 GMT|
Mattia Pasini made the perfect start to his 250cc career by winning the Grand Prix of Qatar thanks to a bold move on the penultimate lap.
The Italian Aprilia rider took advantage of the dicing between Spaniards Hector Barbera and Alex Debon and passed both his rivals' Aprilias in a single move, just as the two exchanged position twice.
"I don't know what to say, I'm so happy for myself, the team, and Aprilia," Pasini told Italia1 television.
"At the beginning I had some problems on full tanks, but I knew the bike was fine to manage worn tyres. So I was calm at the beginning, and then I started going at my pace. I caught up with everyone, I overtook them, and I had a perfect last lap. I don't know what more to ask for!"
Barbera led from mid-way through the race, when he overtook Aprilia's Alvaro Bautista, who held the lead from the second lap. After losing the lead Bautista faded and finished the race in sixth place.
Debon, who before Pasini's move looked set for victory, also lost the last place on the podium as he was passed by KTM's Mika Kallio for third.
Honda's Yuki Takahashi finished fifth, 13 seconds behind the winner. Aprilia's Karel Abraham ended up seventh, followed by Gilera's Roberto Locatelli and the Aprilias of Aleix Espargaro and Hector Faubel rounding up the top ten.
The first lap was led by Thomas Luthi, who however was punished with a ride-through penalty after jumping the start from seventh on the grid.
Classified Pos Rider Make Time 1. Mattia Pasini Aprilia 40:16.202 2. Hector Barbera Aprilia + 0.557 3. Mika Kallio KTM + 1.029 4. Alex Debon Aprilia + 1.418 5. Yuki Takahashi Honda + 12.944 6. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia + 14.480 7. Karel Abraham Aprilia + 16.721 8. R.Locatelli Gilera + 18.987 9. Aleix Espargaro Aprilia + 32.232 10. Hector Faubel Aprilia + 41.102 11. Julian Simon KTM + 41.457 12. Fabrizio Lai Gilera + 41.694 13. R.Wilairot Honda + 43.192 14. Manuel Poggiali Gilera + 44.228 15. Thomas Luthi Aprilia + 48.760 16. Hiroshi Aoyama KTM +1:11.031 17. D.T.Pradita Yamaha +2:05.461 Not Classified: Rider Make On lap Alex Baldolini Aprilia 14 Lukas Pesek Aprilia 12 Marco Simoncelli Gilera 7 Imre Toth Aprilia 4 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 0 Manuel Hernandez Aprilia 0 Fastest lap: Debon, 1:59.379 on lap 20