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4th For Gabor Talmacsi, Humangest Honda


Mika Kallio (KTM) triumphed in a tight 125cc race winning by one tenth of a second from Mattia Pasini in second and Alvaro Bautista third (both Aprilia). This is Kallio’s first win of the 2006 season and it elevates the Finnish rider to second in the overall standings after four races.
Kallio led from the lights before Pasini took control of lap one with Gabor Talmacsi (Humangest Honda RS125R), who eventually finished fourth, up with the leading group. As mid-race distance of this 19-lap encounter loomed, a six-rider group had left the rest of the field in its wake.

This bunch would stay together until the flag swapping places with the regularity expected in this most closely contested class. As the group barreled down the back straight into the penultimate turn on the final lap, it was Lukas Pesek (Derbi) who took a wide entry to the tight right-hander. But he ran wide onto the grass on the exit handing the win and podium places to his rivals.

Talmacsi said, “This is the first race were really we could be competitive, because in the previous GP we weren’t in the condition to push. Here we have been fast since Friday morning and I think we are going in the right direction. We are not yet at 100% but at 90% with the set-up while the engine is competitive. Today it has been a spectacular race and I enjoyed it. The only thing is that I couldn’t do perfect lines as we have to improve on the suspension. But we are nearly there.”

A disgruntled Luthi, who retired on lap four with machine trouble, said, “ I passed Bautista at one corner but had a high side, I didn't crash but unfortunately my knee hit the battery carrier and broke it. The battery was on the engine and kept shorting out so I had no option than stop. Pity because the bike was very good today, we made a big step forward this weekend."

After four races the World Championship points table shows Alvaro Bautista ahead with 86 points, Kallio in second with 58 and Hector Faubel (Aprilia), who finished seventh here, lying third with 54 points as the riders and teams head to Le Mans in France next weekend for round five of the 17 race series.

125cc:

Thomas Luthi, Elit Honda: dnf - Electrical Problem

"I got a good start and was running with the lead group. I was in behind Bautista but he looked uncomfortable at some places, I think he had a hard compound rear tyre. Anyway, I passed him at one corner but had a high side, I didn't crash but unfortunately my knee hit the battery carrier and broke it. The battery was on the engine and kept shorting out so I had no option than stop. Pity because the bike was very good today, we made a big step forward this weekend."

Gabor Talmacsi, Humangest Honda: 4th

"This is the first race where really we could be competitive, because in the previous GP we weren't in the conditions to push. Here we have been fast since Friday morning and I think we are going in the right direction. We are not yet at 100% but at 90% with the set-up while the engine is competitive. Today it has been a spectacular race and I enjoyed it. The only thing is that I couldn't do perfect lines as we have to improve on the suspension. But we are nearly there."

Fabrizio Lai, Seedorf Racing World: 8th

"I started well from the third row and after the first lap I was already sixth. I was 6th till the 4th lap. Then the first group began to push harder. We need some more power to be competitive for the podium but we are on the right way and the continuous improvement shows that".

Mike Di Meglio, FFM Honda: 15th

“I didn't take a very good start and so I couldn't catch the right group of riders. I was in 13th - 14th place. I had to force the tyres because I couldn't hold my line. I also lacked engine power in the race today but scored a point. We are a brand new team and we have to work hard to improve the bike.”

Aleix Espargaro, Wurth Honda BQR: 16th

"Very bad, I just don't understand what's happening this year. Four races and I'm still no points. This week I worked so hard but even if my start was not too bad but using the slipstream I could not pass down the straight, I had to try to out-brake people. I just don't know what I have to do, it's so difficult to understand."

Sandro Cortese, Elit Honda: 17th

"My start was not so bad and I was able to run with the group but I couldn't get away from them on the straight in the slipstream battle. I got hit a couple of times which didn't help. The bike was good today the only small problems I had came at the end of the race when the engine was running a little rich and the back tyre was finished and was sliding."

Michele Conti, Seedorf Racing World: 18th

"This is my best race till today and I’m satisfied of my performance improvement. At the begin of the Championship I was the first to brake in the curves, today I could even pass the other braking. There was an hard fight with Espargaro and Cortese, more experienced riders than me, but now I know I can ride whit them. It is a pity only for the first Championship points...".

Bradley Smith, Repsol Honda: 22nd

"I'm more happy than I was yesterday. Twenty-second is a lot better than thirtieth. I'm happy with the way I rode but I'm not happy with the things that have been pointed out to me. To do a 14.04 on the last lap is stupid really, I should be doing that in the beginning not riding around 16 or 15, but that's what I've done so I can't change that. The race is over but this is the way to go through my first season. For the next race I'll tell them to put it all together like in a package and take it Le Mans. It's difficult, it's definitely difficult, I'm not saying it's easy, but we'll keep on pushing."

Joey Litjens, Molenaar Honda: 27th

"I'm super happy with my race so much better than Turkey. My start was not so good but I passed a few guys on the first few laps. Now I am closer the group and that's a big step forward for me."

Thomas Luthi, Elit Honda: dnf - Electrical Problem

"I got a good start and was running with the lead group. I was in behind Bautista but he looked uncomfortable at some places, I think he had a hard compound rear tyre. Anyway, I passed him at one corner but had a high side, I didn't crash but unfortunately my knee hit the battery carrier and broke it. The battery was on the engine and kept shorting out so I had no option than stop. Pity because the bike was very good today, we made a big step forward this weekend."

Lorenzo Baroni, Humangest Honda: dnf - Crash

"We had setting problems during the all week end, but this morning we found the right way in the warm up, in fact I finished 21st. For the race, though, we made another adjustment, but we made it worst: the bike was moving around and I sliding to much. Then, it high-sided me on the fast corner on the right."

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 04:

125cc:

1 Mika Kallio / Red Bull Ktm Gp 125 2 Mattia Pasini / Master - Mva Aspar Team 3 Alvaro Bautista / Master - Mva Aspar Team 4 Gabor Talmacsi / Humangest Racing Team 5 Julian Simon / Red Bull Ktm Gp 125 6 Lukas Pesek / Derbi Racing 7 Hector Faubel / Master - Mva Aspar Team 8 Fabrizio Lai / Valsir Seedorf Racing 9 Tomoyoshi Koyama / Malaguti Ajo Corse 10 Simone Corsi / Squadra Corse Metis Gilera 11 Sergio Gadea / Master - Mva Aspar Team 12 Raffaele De Rosa / Multimedia Racing 13 Andrea Iannone / Campetella Racing Junior 14 Joan Olive / Ssm Racing 15 Mike Di Meglio / Ffm Honda Grand Prix 125

Related Links www.world.honda.com

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