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Talmacsi, Faubel and final day title triumphs

Talmacsi, Faubel and final day title triumphs

With the World title still to be decided, the scene has been perfectly set for the 125cc battle at Valencia between Aspar team-mates Gabor Talmacsi and Hector Faubel.

With the World title still to be decided, the scene has been perfectly set for the 125cc battle at Valencia between Aspar team-mates Gabor Talmacsi and Hector Faubel.

MotoGP fans will be familiar with the scenario: Talmacsi leads the World Championship by ten points, having stretched his lead with a win at Sepang. Faubel is racing at his home track, where he won the 125cc race last season. Valencia is ‘Aspar territory', being just a stone's throw from the team's Alzira base.

Many other riders are sure to come into the equation during the race in the always closely-fought lower cylinder category, adding further intrigue to the duel between the Hungarian and the Spaniard.

However, both will be keeping a keen eye on each other's positions, and will have learnt the following mathematical scenarios - which would give current leader Talmacsi the title - off by heart:

1. If Faubel wins the race then Talmacsi needs to finish in second or third to take the title.

2. If Faubel finishes second then Talmacsi needs to finish no lower than fifth.

3. If Faubel finishes third then Talmacsi needs to finish no lower than ninth.

4. If Faubel finishes fourth then Talmacsi needs to finish no lower than twelfth.

5. If Faubel finishes fifth then Talmacsi needs to finish no lower than fourteenth.

6. If Faubel finishes sixth then Talmacsi needs to score just a single point.

7. If Faubel finishes lower than sixth then Talmacsi will become the champion irrespective of where he finishes.

There have been previous instances of the 125cc title having been decided on the last day of the season since the change to the scoring system in 1977 (before then not all races counted towards the World Championship). Ominously for Faubel, only twice in 30 years has a rider taken the title trailing on points at the start of the last race of the year.

1985 – Pierpaolo Bianchi (MBA) led fellow Italian Fausto Gresini (Garelli) by just five points going to the final race of the year at Misano. Gresini led the race from lap two, leaving Bianchi to battle for the second place finish required to take the title. Bianchi's title hopes evaporated on lap 23 when his engine failed and Gresini went on to win the race and the championship.

1986 – Fausto Gresini went to Hockenheim for the final race of the season in with a chance of taking the title for the second successive year; this time he had 11 points to make up on fellow Italian and Garelli team mate Luca Cadalora. The race was a typically close 125cc battle, with Gresini finally coming out on top but Cadalora taking the title by following him home in second place.

1989 – Alex Criville (Cobas) had an 11 point advantage over Dutch rider Hans Spaan (Honda) when they arrived at Brno for the final race of the year. Even though he only needed to finish sixth to take the title, Alex Criville qualified on pole and won the race to become the youngest ever World Champion - at just 19 years old.

1990 – Three Honda riders arrived at the final race of 1989 in Australia with a chance of taking the world title; Stefan Prein had a seven point advantage over Loris Capirossi, with Hans Spann a further two points adrift in third place. At the showdown race at Phillip Island Prein retired with mechanical problems on lap seven, leaving Capirossi and Spaan to battle out for the title. Capirossi finally came out on top to win the race, with Spaan finishing in fourth place. In doing so Capirossi took the honour from Criville of being the youngest ever World Champion - a record he still holds to this day.

1992 – Four riders went to the final race of the year in South Africa with a chance of winning the title; Alessandro Gramigni, Fausto Gresini, Ralf Waldmann and Ezio Gianola. Gramigni finished ahead of all of his rivals to become the first Aprilia rider to win a world title.

1993 – Dirk Raudies arrived at the final race of the year with a 22 point lead over great rival and fellow Honda rider, Kazuto Sakata. Raudies rode a controlled race to finish in eighth place, after leading in the early stages, to become World Champion.

1996 – Haruchika Aoki - riding a Honda - won his second world title by finishing second at the final race of the year at Eastern Creek, one place in front of his title rival Masaki Tokudome.

1999 – Emilio Alzamora had a six point advantage over Marco Melandri going to the final race of 1999 in Argentina. Melandri did all he could by winning the race, but Alzamora finished second to become World Champion by a single point without having won a race in the season.

2001 – Manuel Poggiali (Gilera) had a 23 point lead over Youichi Ui (Derbi) arriving in Rio for the final race of the year. Ui won the race but Poggiali won the world title with a comfortable fifth place finish.

2002 – Again Poggiali had a chance of taking the title at the final race of the year, but this time he had an eight point deficit to Arnaud Vincent (Aprilia) to recover. Vincent finished second to become the first French rider to win the 125cc World title.

2005 – The most recent final day showdown occurred at the scene of this year's crunch clash between Faubel and Talmacsi. In 2005, Mika Kallio (KTM) needed to win the race at Valencia to take the title with Thomas Luthi finishing lower than 13th. Although Kallio did as required in winning the race, Honda rider Luthi took the title by cruising home for a ninth place finish.

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