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Grand Prix riders tackle Spanish Championship

Grand Prix riders tackle Spanish Championship

Grand Prix riders tackle Spanish Championship

A host of 125cc World Championship regulars will be back in race action this weekend in the penultimate round of the Spanish Championship (CEV) at Valencia. The initial entry list features no fewer than 82 riders from 16 countries, forcing organisers to arrange two separate qualifying groups and a ‘last chance' race on Saturday evening ahead of Sunday's eagerly anticipated race.

Despite the strength of the field, a clear favourite for victory is local hero Sergio Gadea, who scored a career-best fifth place in the final round of the World Championship at the same circuit just two weeks ago. Gadea is joined by his new team-mate Hector Faubel, who is dropping back into the 125cc class for next season after three years in 250.

The Spanish pair will be joined by fellow Grand Prix regulars Max Sabbatani and Manuel Manna as well as the Japanese, British and German 125cc Champions Hideyuki Nakajo, Christian Elkin and Michael Ranseder, who have all ridden as wildcards in the World Championship this season.

In the championship itself, regular riders Aleix Espargaró, Manuel Hernández, Julian Miralles and Nicolas Terol are separated by just nine points at the top of the standings.

Meanwhile, in the Movistar Junior Cup, Ion Garrido has a 36 point advantage over José Miguel Aguilar and gets his first chance to clinch the title this weekend.

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125cc, 2004

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