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Another close race expected in Mugello

Another close race expected in Mugello

Another close race expected in Mugello

The race for the 125 title is hotting up and with a quarter of the season already gone it promises to be one of the most exciting races of the season at Mugello this weekend. Aprilia rider Lucio Cecchinello heads for his home race on the back of two straight wins and will be looking to seal another victory for the Italian factory at a circuit where neither Derbi or Gilera have ever won.

World Champion Manuel Poggiali will be looking to put an end to that particular statistic on behalf of Gilera, after struggling to second place in France two weeks ago with an injured shoulder sustained in the previous race at Jerez, when he crashed out of second place on the final corner. The San Marino rider boasts eight podium finishes from the last ten races, including three race victories, and will take heart from the fact that Cecchinello has failed to finish at Mugello for the past two years.

The main challenge to Gilera and Aprilia is sure to come from Honda, who boast six wins in the 125 class at Mugello. The Japanese factory are well presented in the minor category of Grand Prix racing, with promising youngster Dani Pedrosa and seasoned veteran Masao Azuma both coming into form. Pedrosa pipped Azuma to third place at Le Mans, the fifth podium finish of his career, and is desperately in search of a first career win to ignite his title challenge.

Noboru Ueda is the only rider in the 125 class who has taken a Grand Prix victory at Mugello, having won there in 1994 and 2001. The Japanese veteran has not had a podium finish since then and has made a disappointing start to this season, but he will be looking to make up for that this weekend at the only circuit outside of Japan where he has taken two Grand Prix wins.

125cc, 2002, Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia

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