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Lüthi regains 125 leadership with runaway win

Lüthi regains 125 leadership with runaway win

Lüthi regains 125 leadership with runaway win

Swiss rider Thomas Lüthi scored his fourth win of the season at Phillip Island to regain the 125 Championship lead with two rounds to go. The Elit GP rider produced a dominant performance in Australia, winning with a 2.6s gap over Japanese rookie Tomoyoshi Koyama and Marco Simoncelli.

Lüthi had started from pole position, but it was Gabor Talmacsi who was fastest off the grid; however, the Hungarian conceded the holeshot to his Red Bull KTM team-mate Mika Kallio. It only took a couple of corners for Lüthi to hit the front of the field and the Swiss then managed to break from the pack whilst a thrilling battle for second ensued.

Italian riders Mattia Pasini and Marco Simoncelli tussled throughout the race with KTM's Kallio and Talmacsi, but Koyama, and Spaniards Hector Faubel and Angel Rodriguez, also had their say in the dice for second position which went to the very last corner.

Second at the beginning of the last lap, Kallio was quickly demoted to fourth by Simoncelli and Pasini, before going wide at the hairpin to lose more ground. The Finn eventually took fifth behind Pasini while a last-corner dash saw Koyama move up to snatch second on the line, beating Simoncelli by just 0.002s to secure his first ever podium finish.

Lüthi regained the Championship lead and now has a twelve-point advantage over Kallio with only two races to go - next week's inaugural Turkish GP and the season finale at Valencia on November 6th.


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