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Split loyalties in title chase

Split loyalties in title chase

Split loyalties in title chase

The partisan crowd roaring on the host of home riders in the 125cc class will have split loyalties when the Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia gets underway this weekend, as Andrea Dovizioso and Roberto Locatelli once again go head-to-head for the championship lead. Dovizioso has won both of the two dry races out of three rounds so far this season with last lap victories over the hugely popular former World Champion and now leads the series by fifteen points.

However, the only man to have beaten Dovizioso to victory so far this season will also be clamouring for local support. Marco Simoncelli arrives home lying eighth in the championship after a maximum points haul at Jerez was sandwiched by two DNFs at Welkom and Le Mans.

Elsewhere, few people know the Mugello circuit better than crafty Italian veterans Mirko Giansanti and Gino Borsoi, whilst youngsters Mattia Pasini and Simone Corsi will also be looking to make their mark.

Casey Stoner is expected to ride after spending the last three weeks recovering from the shoulder injury he sustained at Le Mans. The young Australian will look forward to returning to a circuit where he set his first ever pole position last year, only to be knocked out of the race in the final laps by Steve Jenkner when fighting for a podium position.

Tags:
125cc, 2004, GRAN PREMIO CINZANO D'ITALIA

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