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Title chase building towards climax in Estoril

Title chase building towards climax in Estoril

Title chase building towards climax in Estoril

The 125cc World Championship is building towards another tremendous climax, with just two points now separating World Champion Manuel Poggiali from the in-form Arnaud Vincent. The Frenchman followed up consecutive victories at Donington and Sachsenring with third place at Brno, whilst Poggiali has missed out on the podium in the past two encounters.

The Gilera rider won a breathtaking race last year by 0.011 seconds from Youichi Ui but, with the Japanese rider struggling and out of title contention, the main challenge could come from a host of other riders. Dani Pedrosa took second place in Brno to increase the pressure on Poggiali at the top of the championship standings and will be looking to close down a nine point gap to Vincent.

Italian veteran Lucio Cecchinello, who secured his third win of the year at Brno, could still be in with a title shot if he can string together some positive results over the next few races, whilst his young team-mate Alex de Angelis is still looking for a debut win despite his first ever pole in the Czech Republic two weeks ago. Many eyes will also be on Spanish youngster Hector Barbera, the 15 year old who followed up a sensational performance at Brno with victory in the fourth round of the CEV Fortuna series at Albacete just a few days ago.

125cc, 2002, Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal

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