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Grand Prix regulars flock to Valencia for final round of Spanish Championship

Grand Prix regulars flock to Valencia for final round of Spanish Championship

Grand Prix regulars flock to Valencia for final round of Spanish Championship

A host of 125cc World Championship regulars will return to Valencia this weekend for the penultimate round of the CEV Fortuna Spanish Championship. The event regularly provides many riders with the chance to impress potential employers and this weekend is no different, with Hungarian Gabor Talmacsi making his competitive debut on the Malaguti and veteran Jaroslav Hules returning to the 125cc class with the Elit team. Imre Toth makes his debut appearance on an Aprilia, whilst Dario Giuseppetti competes for the first time since clinching the German Championship.

The latest generation of young hopefuls from around Europe will come face to face for the first time, with British Red Bull Rookies Midge Smart, Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty taking on the top two riders from the German Red Bull Rookies to MotoGP series - Toni Wirsing and Meik Minnerop. Austrian Michael Ranseder, who has been selected by the Red Bull KTM team to compete in the German Championship next season, is also set to take part.

Alvaro Bautista, who already clinched the title at the previous round in Albacete, is the clear favourite for victory this weekend after finishing sixth at this circuit in the final round of the World Championship just two weeks ago. However, the battle for the runner-up spot in the series is still on, with GP wildcard regulars Segio Gadea, Manuel Hernández, David Bonache, Ismael Ortega, Julian Miralles and Jordi Carchano all maintaining a mathematical chance.

With a packed entry list totalling 75 riders, only the top 37 will automatically qualify for Sunday's race. Two more slots will be up for grabs in a nine-lap last-chance race on Saturday evening.

Tags:
125cc, 2003

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