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Championship leaders to tackle home favourites at 125cc Donington visit

Championship leaders to tackle home favourites at 125cc Donington visit

Whilst a trio of British stars return to their old stomping ground, riders from further afield look to take the lead of the 125cc World Championship at Donington Park.

British hopes at Donington lie in the hands of Bradley Smith in the 125cc class, although the Oxfordshire rider has been wildly inconsistent in his race results so far in 2008. Since switching to Polaris World Aprilia he has amazed and frustrated in equal measures, suffering crashes and mechanical problems that have left him ninth in the championship despite three pole positions and two podiums.

Whilst Smith undoubtedly has the talent and experience to win on home soil, he faces stiff competition from the rest of the field, not least current World Championship leader Mike di Meglio. Ajo Motorsport´s French standout took his second win of the season in Catalunya, and assumed a fourteen point advantage over previous leader Simone Corsi.

Behind them, Grizzly Gas Kiefer Racing´s Stefan Bradl awaits a championship `slipstream´ and a first win in the class, whilst podium form comes from Belson Derbi´s Pol Espargaro and 2007 World Champion Gabor Talmacsi. There are also two other British youngsters keen to stamp their credentials in 125s, rookie Scott Redding and Danny Webb both have fifth and sixth placed finishes to their name this season and will be hoping to creep onto their first podiums at home.


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