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Quarter-litre class has so far featured six race leaders this season
In the four 250cc races which have been completed so far this term, there have been six different riders who have held the lead at some point, not including Japanese wildcards Miyazaki and Sakai who dominated the opening round of the season in Suzuka.Strangely, the rider who has spent most time leading this year is not presently top of the World Championship standings, indeed Marco Melandri has covered some 29 laps in first position, yet only occupies fourth spot in the provisional championship table. The Italian Aprilia rider has combined victory in Welkom and second place in Le Mans last weekend with falls at both Suzuka and Jerez. Current championship leader, Fonsi Nieto, has spent five laps fewer than Melandri at the head of the field, but has produced a better set of results including two victories and a third place. Roberto Rolfo occupies third place in this ranking with a total of 13 laps spent leading the rest, all of which came in the GP at Jerez, whilst behind him comes Roberto Locatelli, who despite being at the front for 4 laps in Jerez and 8 in Le Mans, has yet to make it on to the podium so far this campaign. Haruchika Aoki with 3 laps, and Naoki Matsudo with 2 in top spot complete this particular statistical list. Two of the current top five riders in the championship standings have yet to lead a quarter-litre race this season, those being Frenchman, Randy de Puniet, and Spaniard Emilio Alzamora.
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