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KTM closing on first-ever title

KTM closing on first-ever title

KTM closing on first-ever title

The Red Bull KTM team are all set to complete its most successful campaign since entering the 125cc World Championship in 2003, even if results in the last two races have hampered the Austrian manufacturer's title charge.

The crash suffered by Mika Kallio in Turkey has given his Honda-mounted rival, Thomas Lüthi, an almost insurmountable advantage in the riders' championship with the Swiss youngster now 23 points ahead of the Finn.

However, the final race of the season to be held at Valencia next weekend could allow a second KTM rider to finish in the top three. Hungarian Gabor Talmacsi, who has taken three wins this season, will try to hold on to third overall by finishing ahead of Italian riders Mattia Pasini and Marco Simoncelli, who currently stand 11 and 12 points adrift of the Hungarian respectively.

However, KTM are close to clinching their first-ever road racing manufacturers' title as the firm currently has a 13-point lead over Honda in that championship. However, the Japanese factory has had a string of great results recently with three wins in the past four races. To secure the manufacturers' title regardless of the results of Honda's riders, KTM would have to get at least one of their riders on the podium at Valencia.


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