Simon Edges Out Smith In Final 2009 Battle
It was a third straight one-two for Bancaja Aspar team-mates Julián Simón and Bradley Smith at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, as the pair put on another engrossing display which went down to the last lap.
Taking their contest to the very last corner of the race, Simón managed to hold off his rival for another thrilling finish, as he eventually finished 0.220s ahead.
Pol Espargaró (Derbi Racing Team) completed the podium after riding a lonely race in third, confirming fourth place in the World Championship, with Nico Terol finishing tenth in the race as he sealed third in the season’s overall standings.
Simone Corsi won the battle for fourth place in the race ahead of the impressive Marcel Schrotter, with Joan Olivé (Derbi Racing Team), Efrén Vázquez (Derbi Racing Team), Sandro Cortese (Ajo Interwetten) and Randy Krummenacher (Degraaf Grand Prix) all finishing inside the top ten.
Marc Márquez (Red Bull KTM) had been challenging for fourth spot but crashed on the last lap, eventually finishing 17th, and a spate of early spills saw Blusens Aprilia pair Esteve Rabat and Scott Redding collide, with Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) and Jonas Folger (Ongetta Team I.S.P.A.) also sliding out.