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Cluster of riders look to extend record sequence at Rio

Cluster of riders look to extend record sequence at Rio

Cluster of riders look to extend record sequence at Rio

Pablo Nieto's maiden victory at Estoril last weekend made it a record eighteen consecutive races in the 125cc class without a back-to-back winner. A whole host of riders will be looking to make it nineteen, in what is statistically one of the most open and widely contested seasons in Grand Prix history.

Heading the list is Italian veteran Stefano Perugini, who recently celebrated his 29th birthday. Perugini started from pole here in 1995 and needs a big result this weekend as he looks to cut back the gap to Dani Pedrosa, currently leading by 38 points. Pedrosa, meanwhile, will be looking to consolidate his lead with his first ever finish at the Jacarepagua circuit, having crashed out on both of his two previous visits.

Arnaud Vincent is back in the podium hunt after taking fifth place on the Aprilia at Estoril. It was a best result of the season so far for the reigning World Champion, who has finished on the podium for the last two years in Rio. Jorge Lorenzo scored his best result of 2002 in Brazil, finishing in seventh place, and after taking sixth at Portugal two weeks ago he will be looking to become the fourth debut winner of the season.

Meanwhile, 125cc Japanese veterans Masao Azuma and Youichi Ui will both be looking to get their seasons back on track at a circuit where they have both won in the recent past. Azuma took victory in the wet race last season but has yet to return to the podium since, whilst Ui took his last victory to date when missing out on the title to Manuel Poggiali in 2001.

125cc, 2003

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