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125cc World Championship heats up with American visit

125cc World Championship heats up with American visit

The 125cc riders have plenty to play for as the series moves to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A non-finish for series leader Mike di Meglio at Misano narrowed the gap between himself and Simone Corsi in the 125cc standings to 28 points, with the Frenchman paying dearly in his on-track battle with the Italian challenger. The Ajo Motorsport rider has won three Grands Prix thus far in 2008, but some of his immediate rivals are hitting their own purple patches in the run-up to Indianapolis.

2007 World Champion Gabor Talmacsi is one such rider, with victory on the Rimini coast bringing the Bancaja Aspar rider back into contention as an outside shot for this year´s title. The Hungarian is on a three-race streak of pole positions in the class.

Perhaps too far away to have a realistic chance of the title, the remainder of the top six could still push for a top three finish in the final five races of the year. Stefan Bradl has taken his first Grand Prix win this year, but Joan Olive and Nico Terol –fifth and sixth, respectively- are still hungry for an elusive maiden triumph.

Bradley Smith, Sandro Cortese, Pol Espargaro and Andrea Iannone also occupy spots in the top ten, with Smith having come close to his first victory in a duel with Talmacsi at Misano. The Polaris World rider is one of the latest riders to be confirmed for another year in the 125cc series.

Home rider Stevie Bonsey –the only man on the 125cc grid with American experience- is currently fourteenth in the standings.

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125cc, 2008, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX

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