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Dovizioso has records in his sight

Dovizioso has records in his sight

Dovizioso has records in his sight

Whilst the likes of Randy De Puniet, Fonsi Nieto, Alex De Angelis, Manuel Poggiali and Sebastian Porto will be trying to deliver a milestone victory for Aprilia in the quarter-litre class, 125cc World Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso will be one of several riders looking to set another important record for Italian racing at Donington Park this weekend.

Roberto Locatelli's victory in Germany on Sunday was the 199th for Italian riders in the minor class of Grand Prix racing and Dovizioso would like nothing more than to make it 200 as he bids to maintain a series lead which he has held over the entire first half of the season.

The teenager currently stands seven points clear of his compatriot Locatelli, who moved back into second place thanks to his second victory of the season at Sachsenring. A repeat of the form which has seen him finish in the top four for the opening eight races, the first man to do so since Fausto Gresini won the opening ten rounds of the 1987 series, will surely see him secure the title in the second half of the season.

Despite a long history in the class, Spanish riders have just over half as many wins as Italy in the 125cc class, a statistic Hector Barberá will be hoping to improve at the circuit where he took his maiden Grand Prix victory one year ago. Barberá is now the second most consistent rider in the history of the 125cc class behind Kazuto Sakata, having now scored points in the last eighteen consecutive races including ten podium finishes and four victories.

In spite of the open nature of the 125cc class, the title fight now seems to be a three-way battle between Dovizioso, Locatelli and Barberá after Casey Stoner's practice injury at Sachsenring. The Australian youngster missed the race in Germany after breaking his collarbone and will not race at Donington Park, where he made his debut as a wildcard rider three years ago, leaving him with a mountain to climb in the final seven races of the season.

125cc, 2004, CINZANO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Andrea Dovizioso

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