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Rule change has big effect on 125cc entry list

Rule change has big effect on 125cc entry list

Rule change has big effect on 125cc entry list

Due to the new age limit coming into force in the 125cc class, a number of long time competitors from the class have moved on and these have been replaced by an exciting bunch of new riders competing in GP for the first time on a full-time basis.

Because of this the starting grid for the 125cc race at Jerez will be the youngest Grand Prix field ever assembled with 21 of the riders entered still being teenagers. Indeed the average age of the riders at Jerez will be just 19 years and 21 weeks old.

Of these riders only three, Manuel Poggiali, Pablo Nieto and Marco Simoncelli have previously scored a win in GP racing. In addition only another five riders have previously finished on the podium of a Grand Prix race; Thomas Luthi, Alvaro Bautista, Fabrizio Lai, Joan Olive and Mika Kallio.

It is likely that with such a young field of riders that the following records for youngest GP winners and World Champions in the 125cc class will change before the end of 2005:

Youngest riders to win the 125cc Championship
1. Loris Capirossi, 17 years 165 days - 1990
2. Dani Pedrosa, 18 years 13 days - 2003
3. Valentino Rossi, 18 years 196 days - 1997
4. Andrea Dovizioso, 18 years 201 days - 2004
5. Manuel Poggiali, 18 years 262 days - 2001

Youngest riders to win a 125cc Grand Prix
1. Marco Melandri (Ita), 15 years 324 days - Dutch TT/1998/Assen/125cc
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa), 16 years 139 days - Rio/2003/Nelson Piquet/125cc
3. Ivan Goi (Ita), 16 years 157 days - Austria/1996/A1-Ring/125cc
4. Hector Barbera (Spa), 16 years 253 days - Britiain/2003/Donington/125cc
5. Daniel Pedrosa (Spa), 16 years 273 days - Dutch TT/2002/Assen/125cc.


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