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Lüthi consolidates Championship lead with Czech victory

Lüthi consolidates Championship lead with Czech victory

Lüthi consolidates Championship lead with Czech victory

Thomas Lüthi claimed the second GP win of his career today at the Brno circuit, extending his Championship lead over title rival Mika Kallio to eight points.

Having qualified on pole, the Swiss youngster grabbed the holeshot and quickly built up a gap at the beginning of the race, before being caught by the chasing pack. A five-rider strong leading group quickly formed, Lüthi being closely followed by Mattia Pasini, Mika Kallio, Lorenzo Zanetti and Marco Simoncelli.

Pasini, Kallio and Lüthi exchanged the lead several times, but the Elit GP Honda rider, who had never scored a single point on his three previous visits at Brno, was eventually back at the front on the 17th lap. Light rain made the conditions tricky for the riders in the late stages of the race and Pasini crashed out on the penultimate lap after moving back into third position behind Kallio.

While Lüthi was able to escape his rivals, Simoncelli and Kallio staged an intense tussle for second position, but the Finn eventually held off the challenge of the Aprilia rider on the last lap. Spaniard Sergio Gadea took an impressive fourth after a strong charge from 20th on the grid.

Italian rookie Lorenzo Zanetti produced an excellent performance to take the chequered flag in fifth position, ahead of Fabrizio Lai and Mike di Meglio. Manuel Poggiali was eighth in what was his 100th Grand Prix appearance. KTM riders Gabor Talmacsi and Julian Simon completed the top 10.

Tags:
125cc, 2005, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, RAC

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