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Back to work in Japan for 250cc competitors

Back to work in Japan for 250cc competitors

Hungry for a return to action after their cancelled Indianapolis race, the 250cc class resumes activity at Twin Ring Motegi.

The 250cc class will make its return to action at Motegi, after an aborted American comeback for the quarter-litre class owing to the high winds and rainy conditions at Indianapolis. Current World Championship leader Marco Simoncelli was scheduled to start on pole for the race at The Brickyard, but did not suffer as much as most riders as they lost the chance to make up ground on the Metis Gilera rider.

Twenty-six points split Simoncelli from closest rival Mika Kallio, who has been off the rostrum for the most recent three rounds. Both are gunning for their first World Championship, and have been two of the standout riders in the series this year. Red Bull KTM rider Kallio is expected to have an upgraded machine for the Motegi visit, with the chance to close the gap and put his name into the running for a MotoGP ride in 2009. He was the winner of the 2007 Japanese round.

Alvaro Bautista, Hector Barbera, Alex Debon and Mattia Pasini also feature in the top six in the championship, and all have come into various degrees of contact with each other this season. Bautista won last time out in Misano, but all four hold 250cc victories and the potential to jump up in the standings when the dust settles in Motegi.


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