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The 250 field will be open in Shanghai

The 250 field will be open in Shanghai

The 250 field will be open in Shanghai

The third leg of the 250cc class is expected to provide another great battle as the field has diversified and grown to be stronger than ever. The first two rounds have passed without a single rider stepping on the podium more than once.

Moving on to China, season-opener winner Dani Pedrosa remains at the top of the classification, but a disappointing fourth place at Estoril allowed Andrea Dovizioso to close the gap – the Italian rookie is just five points behind the reigning World Champion.

In third place, Sebastian Porto is now tied on points with Aprilia factory colleague Alex de Angelis. After a steady start at Estoril, the Argentinean rider conceded the lead and finished in a distant ninth position after suffering tyres problems.

At the moment, the man in form at Aprilia is Casey Stoner. He took his first win in the quarter litre class in Portugal after dicing for the lead with Dovizioso and Randy de Puniet, who will enter his 100th Grand Prix this week-end at Shanghai.

Fortuna Honda riders Hector Barbera and Jorge Lorenzo are still adapting to the 250 class but will be trying to make the most of the interesting opportunity offered by the inaugural Chinese GP – as all riders will be making the acquaintance of the Shanghai circuit for the first time.

It will also be interesting to see if Alex Debon can maintain his current position as the best privateer, currently holding ninth overall. Just like in the 125 class, several Chinese riders will enter the event as wildcards, aiming to make history by qualifying for next Sunday's race.


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