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Xavier Simeon wins his fourth consecutive race at Imola. Daniele Beretta fourth

Enzo e Dino Ferrari Imola Circuit: in front of thousands of spectators Xavier Simeon today took his fourth consecutive win, consolidating his first position in the overall standings. A solid fourth place finish for Daniele Beretta.

This was an important win for the Belgian rider who managed a delicate situation for the duration of the race. Having made a good start, just behind Badovini, he slowly lost ground to the leader due to a technical problem with the gearing. Simeon had to give up the fight for the win and ride less aggressively. Xavier finished the race second, but was promoted to the top step of the podium when his rival was disqualified.

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Xavier Simeon
“It was a difficult day, but we have nonetheless come out of it very well. I was having problems with the gearing right from the start of the race which meant that when changing down from third to second I often missed the gear. In these conditions there was no way I could catch Badovani and I preferred to defend my position, as Corti, my rival for the title, was right behind me. The win is great payback for my team’s hard work this weekend and I’m sorry for Ayrton as I respect him and it wasn’t his fault. I’m happy to have given Ducati this great result at its home track.”

Daniele Beretta was not in the best physical shape and this prevented him from keeping pace with the frontrunners in the first laps. The Italian rider is still getting over the flu and, although he tried to stick with the race leaders, muscular aches in his left arm meant he was only able to defend fifth position. The final result, after the “winner” was disqualified, was a fourth place for Beretta.

Daniele Beretta
“I’m not very happy with the result but today it was hard to do more. I wasn’t feeling well when I arrived here and had a high temperature and then this pain in my left forearm meant I couldn’t ride as I’d hoped to. Fourth place isn’t bad and we’ll look to improve on this Magny-Cours.”

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Results

1. Xavier Simeon (Ducati Xerox Junior Team) in 22’20’’939 in an average of 156,682 km/h
2. C.Corti (Suzuki) 1’’689
3. M.Magnoni (Yamaha) 4’’947
4. Daniele Beretta (Ducati Xerox Junior Team) 13’’727

Classification

1. Xavier Simeon 180 points
2. C.Corti 135
3. J.Fores 107
4. M.Berger 102
5. Daniele Beretta 79



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