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Kallio and Luthi blazing a trail in the 125s

Kallio and Luthi blazing a trail in the 125s

Kallio and Luthi blazing a trail in the 125s

Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM) and Thomas Luthi, separated by just two points at the top of the 125 championship, are preparing for a granstand end to the season as their title battle heads towards an exciting climax over the last three rounds.

The duo have matched each other blow for blow this term as they bid to take over the 125 crown from Italian Andrea Dovizioso. The Finn and Swiss riders have both managed three wins from the 13 rounds thus far, although Kallio with eight top-three finishes is one ahead of his rival in terms of podiums. Luthis wins have all come on the back of him securing pole position, a statistic that Kallio can not match as he has only two triumphs from his eight poles.

Of the two, Kallio made much the better start to the season as Luthi was hampered early on by mechanical problems. The Finn followed a second in the first round in Spain with victory in Portugal ahead of his Honda rival which gave him the upper hand. However, a mediocre result in China and falls in Italy and Holland halted his progress whilst Luthi rapidly made his lost ground scoring in all of the first ten races. The Elit Grand Prix man moved to the top of teh standings following his second at Mugello.

As the season reached the halfway stage the bubbling rivalry between the two riders really took off and from the German GP onwards the two alternated first and second spot until the last round in Qatar when a sixth place finish for the Swiss rider, combined with Kallios second, gave The Flying Finn the championship advantage once again.

The battle between these two has left everyone else some way off the pace in title terms, but despite their dominance neither has managed to string together two consecutive victories. That feat was last achieved by Frenchman Arnaud Vincent back in the 2002 season.

Tags:
125cc, 2005, Thomas Lüthi, Mika Kallio, Thomas Luthi

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