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Four-way battle for runner-up spot

Four-way battle for runner-up spot

Four-way battle for runner-up spot

125cc World Champion Daniel Pedrosa will watch from the packed grandstands at the Valencia circuit this weekend as four riders battle it out around the tight and twisty circuit for the runner-up spot in the championship. Alex De Angelis, Stefano Perugini, Andrea Dovizioso and Hector Barbera all have a mathematical chance of claiming the number 2 plate, with De Angelis moving into the driving seat after his seventh place and a crash for Perugini at Phillip Island in the last round.

The San Marino rider will be looking to defend a seven point advantage over the Italian but will also be desperate for a debut win in the class before moving up to 250cc in the winter. Whilst a top five championship finish for Dovizioso already represents a hugely successful second season in the championship, the youngster will be keen to make up another couple of places as he looks to consolidate a strong claim for a factory ride in 2004.

Of the four riders in with a shout of second spot, the man with most at stake is probably Barbera, winner of two races already this season and almost certainly riding for the Aspar team for the final time. The youngster, who was born just down the road from the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Dos Aguas, is set to join Seedorf Racing at the end of the season and will be keen to sign off from the squad which brought him into Grand Prix racing through the Spanish Championship in the best possible style.

125cc, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

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