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Quarter-litre class prepares for Australian date

Quarter-litre class prepares for Australian date

The 250cc class will have a replacement for Jorge Lorenzo, winner of the past two Australian Grands Prix, at Phillip Island.

Marco Simoncelli heads the 250cc class by 32 points, following a fourth Grand Prix victory of the year in Japan. The Italian is in a strong position in the championship with just three races remaining, having been on outstanding form all season long. The second place in the standings is currently occupied by Alvaro Bautista, himself on a seven-race run of podium finishes as he chases down the Metis Gilera man.

Previously the closest challenger to Simoncelli, Red Bull KTM´s Mika Kallio now finds himself at a forty point disadvantage in comparison with his rival and with a hard race at Phillip Island ahead of him. The Finn´s best result in Australia is a second place from the 2006 125cc race, his only rostrum finish at the track.

On the podium in Japan, Alex Debon lies fourth in the standings, returning to Australia for the first time since 2005. Fifth placed Hector Barbera will be out of action until at least the final round of the season at Valencia, having picked up fractures to his back in a practice crash at Motegi, whilst the top six in the quarter-litre class is rounded off by Polaris World´s Mattia Pasini.

Tags:
250cc, 2008, AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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