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Lorenzo returns to Rio with winning feeling

Lorenzo returns to Rio with winning feeling

Lorenzo returns to Rio with winning feeling

Jorge Lorenzo returns to the scene of his debut victory at the Cinzano Rio Grand Prix this weekend with the taste of the winner's champagne still fresh after his most recent triumph at Assen three days ago. Lorenzo emerged victorious for the second time in his career after a thrilling battle four rider battle in Holland and will be prepared for a similar struggle at a circuit which encourages close racing, particularly in the 125cc class where the riders often bunch together and slipstream down the two long straights.

Lorenzo's victory last year was the first of his career, making made him the second youngest rider ever to win a Grand Prix after Marco Melandri, and the second for Derbi, who also celebrated Youichi Ui's victory in 2001 - the last time the Japanese rider stood on the top step of the podium.

The Spanish youngster now lies sixth in the championship, with the consistent Andrea Dovizioso still leading the way after becoming the first rider to finish in the top four in all of the first six races of the year since Kazuto Sakata in 1993. Dovizioso is also the only rider to win more than once this year, with five different winners from the first six races also including Marco Simoncelli, Hector Barbera and Roberto Locatelli, who scored one of two podiums at Rio in the 250cc class in 2001.

One man who hasn't won this year but is right up with the title challengers in fourth place is Casey Stoner, who is level on points with Barbera in third and just seven points behind Locatelli in second. Stoner has had good results for the last two years in Rio, taking second last year - less than quarter of a second behind Lorenzo - and finishing sixth in the 250cc race in 2002 when still only sixteen years old.

125cc, 2004, Jorge Lorenzo

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