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The new faces in the 125cc class

The new faces in the 125cc class

With several established 125cc riders moving up to the quarter litre class this season, a number of new arrivals have the opportunity to shine on a world stage in the smallest cylinder category of Grand Prix racing in 2007.

With several established 125cc riders moving up to the quarter litre class this season, a number of new arrivals have the opportunity to shine on a world stage in the smallest cylinder category of Grand Prix racing in 2007.

The following riders have left the 125 scene as of the end of the 2006 season: Karel Abraham, Lorenzo Baroni, Alvaro Bautista, Vincent Braillard, Michele Conti, Manuel Hernandez, Mika Kallio, Fabrizio Lai, Dino Lombardi, Thomas Luthi, Michaele Pirro, Angel Rodriguez, Julian Simon, Imre Toth and Mateo Tunez.

Meanwhile, in come these young promises aiming to enhance their reputations in a first full season of Grand Prix racing (age and nationality in brackets): Randy Krummenacher (17 – Swiss), Steve Bonsey (17 – American), Hugo van den Berg (16 – Dutch), Dominique Aegerter (16 – Swiss), Robert Muresan (15- Romanian), Danny Webb (15 – British).

Meanwhile the 21 year-old Italian Stefano Bianco returns to the scene after two years out due to injury.

Participating in the first Grand Prix of the season this Saturday in Qatar there will be 21 full-time teenage riders in the 125cc class. Furthermore, the average age of the full-time 125 riders will be just 19 years and 16 weeks old, compared to an average of 19 years and 30 weeks at the start of 2006.

With so many of the more established riders moving up to the 250 Championship and so many new young riders in the 125 category and it is likely that a new entry will be made into the list of top ten youngest Grand Prix winners of all time shown below:

Youngest riders to win a 125cc Grand Prix:
1. Marco Melandri-15 years 324 days-Dutch TT/1998
2. Jorge Lorenzo-16 years 139 days-Rio/2003
3. Ivan Goi-16 years 157 days-Austria/1996
4. Hector Barbera-16 years 253 days-Britain/2003
5. Daniel Pedrosa-16 years 273 days-Dutch TT/2002
6. Marco Simoncelli-17 years 103 days-Spain/2004
7. Loris Capirossi-17 years 123 days-GB/1990
8. Valentino Rossi-17 years 184 days-Czech/1996
9. Mike di Meglio-17 years 279 days-Turkey/2005
10. Casey Stoner-18 years 17 days-Valencia/2003

Tags:
125cc, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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