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Pasini wins on his debut

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
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