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Record breaking season continues in the 125cc class

Record breaking season continues in the 125cc class

Record breaking season continues in the 125cc class

The very unpredictable season of racing in the 125cc class continued at the French GP with yet another new face on top of the podium. So far this year many records and milestones have been recorded in the class:

- The first four races of the year have been won by four different riders. This has occurred just twice before in the 125cc class in 56 year history of GP racing. In 1951 (Guido Leoni, Cromie McCandless, Gianni Leoni and Carlo Ubbiali) and in 2000 (Arnaud Vincent, Roberto Locatelli, Youichi Ui and Emilio Alzamora).

- Thomas Luthi's victory in France was the first Grand Prix win by a Swiss rider in any class since Jacques Cornu won the 250cc race at the Belgium GP in 1989. The last Swiss rider to win a 125cc race was Bruno Kneubühler at the Swedish GP in 1983.

- This win also makes Thomas Luthi the youngest ever Swiss rider to win a Grand Prix race, taking this honour from Luigi Taveri.

- Thomas Luthi also started from pole for the first time in his GP career to become the first Swiss rider to score a pole position since Stefan Dörflinger in 1989 in the 80cc of the Czech GP. The last Swiss rider to start on pole for a 125cc race was Bruno Kneubühler at the British GP at Silverstone in 1986.

- This was the third race in a row that a rider took his debut GP victory.

- Kallio's debut victory in Portugal was the first ever by a Finnish rider in the 125cc class and the first win for a Finnish rider in any class of Grand Prix racing since Pentti Korhonen won the 350cc race at the Yugoslavian GP at Opatija in 1975.

- In each of the first four races of the year there has been one machine from Aprilia, KTM and Honda finishing on the podium. Each of these three manufacturers have had at least one victory in the 125cc class in the first four races of the year.

- Already eight different riders have appeared on the podium in the 125cc class in the first four races of the year, including four riders making their very first appearance on a Grand Prix podium: Mattia Pasini, Gabor Talmacsi, Hector Faubel and Sergio Gadea.

There has now been forty-three races in the 125cc class without a rider taking back-to-back victories. In the sequence of forty-three races there have been eighteen different riders who have taken victory (Cecchinello, Vincent, Azuma, Pedrosa, Poggiali, Perugini, Jenkner, Barbera, Nieto, Lorenzo, Ballerini, Stoner, Dovizioso, Simoncelli, Locatelli, Kallio, Pasini, Luthi), including eleven first time winners (Jenkner, Barbera, Nieto, Lorenzo, Ballerini, Stoner, Dovizioso, Simoncelli, Kallio, Pasini, Luthi).

Tags:
125cc, 2005, GRAN PREMIO ALICE D'ITALIA

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