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Title chase closing at halfway stage

Title chase closing at halfway stage

Title chase closing at halfway stage

The 125cc World Championship hits the halfway stage at the Sachsenring this weekend with Andrea Dovizioso looking to consolidate a series lead which he has held since the opening round of the season.

The young Italian has been a model of consistency over the first seven races, finishing in the top four at each one including two victories to remain steadfast at the top of the standings whilst the remaining wins have been shared out between the riders behind him.

However, Hector Barberá became the only rider other than Dovizioso to score two victories this season in the last round at Rio and moved to within sixteen points of the leader with an even more impressive show of consistency. Alongside Kazuto Sakata, Tomomi Manako and Arnaud Vincent, Barberá is now one of the top four most consistent points-scorers in 125cc history after his seventeenth consecutive top fifteen finish.

Whilst Barberá looks to be Dovizioso's most serious current threat, he is actually just one of three riders who could snatch the series lead this weekend, with Roberto Locatelli and Casey Stoner, who have both scored podiums in Germany in recent seasons, also within striking distance of the Italian teenager.

Stoner narrowly missed out on victory to Stefano Perugini at the Sachsenring last year and his KTM is sure to benefit from the twisty nature of the German track after demonstrating capable handling, if a slight lack of top speed, in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Locatelli finished on the podium at the Sachsenring in 2000 on his way to winning the title and will be hopeful of a similar result this weekend as he looks to return to the top three after finishing fourth in Rio and losing second place in the championship to Barberá.


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