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Kallio to defend his very short lead in France

Kallio to defend his very short lead in France

Kallio to defend his very short lead in France

The 125cc Grand Prix Alice de France this Sunday is sure to feature another impressive battle for control of the championship lead as it kicks-off the fourth leg of the season, a season that has so far been unpredictable and is still very much open for the taking.

Moving on to the much loved Le Mans race there is no clear favourite for victory as the first three races have produced a different winner each time, Simoncelli at Jerez, Mika Kallio at Estoril and Mattia Pasini at Shanghai.

However, Mika Kallio – although he had a poor finish in China – will go into the race with the championship lead thanks to his win at Estoril and his second place at Jerez.

Kallio will have to fight hard, though, to defend his championship lead, as there is only one point between him and Italian Fabrizio Lai, on 50 points and 49 respectively.

Shanghai winner Pasini is not far behind either. He is currently on 46 points ahead of Jerez winner Simoncelli on 41 points.

Pasini´s win at Shanghai last week saw him climb from fifth place to third in the overall standings. If he were to follow on with a win at Le Mans he would move up to the top spot. However, given that no rider has yet clinched two consecutive 125cc Grand Prix wins, the chances are pretty slim.

This weekend's race will surely see all four of these riders in the mix and Lai and Thomas Luthi will surely be trying clinch the victory after several close finishes.

The last two 125cc French Grand Prix races yielded victories for Pedrosa and Dovizioso. This week we can expect to see this year's challengers striving to follow suit.

125cc, 2005, GRAND PRIX ALICE DE FRANCE, Mika Kallio

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