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125 title chase still wide open at mid-season break

125 title chase still wide open at mid-season break

125 title chase still wide open at mid-season break

The 125 Championship is closer than ever with top 5 riders covered by just 19 points after the first 9 rounds. After taking second at Sachsenring, Thomas Lüthi is currently leading the Championship with a three-point gap over German GP winner Mika Kallio.

Lüthi is back at the top of the overall classification for the second time this year, as he had already led the Championship ahead of Kallio in early June when he took second at Mugello while the Finn crashed out of the lead on the last lap.

Kallio had led the Championship for three races from the second round at Estoril until his crash in Italy. Only Mattia Pasini managed to remain as long at the top of the classification, from Catalunya to last weekend's German GP at Sachsenring. The Italian was joint-leader with Hungrian Gabor Talmacsi on the two previous rounds, the Dutch and the British GPs.

It's also noteworthy that five of the riders who have won this year it has been their debut GP win: Pasini, Talmacsi, Luthi, Kallio and Simon.

With seven rounds to go, the title chase is still wide open. While all riders will discover Turkey in October, it's interesting to see that the six other circuits – Brno, Motegi, Sepang, Losail, Phillip Island and Valencia - they still have to visit don't seem to favour any of the top 5 riders. Last year, Lüthi only scored 14 points on these six circuits, while Kallio only had a single point-scoring finish with 4th at Losail. Talmacsi had a relatively strong end to his campaign scoring 28 points, while Simoncelli and Pasini respectively scored 10 and 23 points on these six tracks.

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125cc, 2005

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