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250cc class prepared for Valencia visit

250cc class prepared for Valencia visit

The 2008 quarter-litre class grid will do battle for the last time this year on October 26th in Valencia.

The final World Championship title to be decided, the 250cc crown, was awarded to Marco Simoncelli at the Malaysian round of the 2008 season. The Italian has one more race to go in his championship year, but will not be expected to ease off the throttle as he aims to round off the season with yet another win. Metis Gilera´s new titlist currently has five wins in the quarter-litre class.

Leading the home representatives in Valencia will be confirmed series runner-up Alvaro Bautista, the Mapfre Aspar rider having fallen just short of the title this year. Bautista has yet to win at his team´s local race, but arrives in Spain´s third city off the back of victory in Sepang at the penultimate round.

Newly-announced as a Ducati satellite rider for 2009, Mika Kallio will be riding his last race for KTM this weekend. The Finn has been victorious in both the 125cc and 250cc classes at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, most recently in 2007 on his quarter-litre category debut at the track. The only rider capable of catching Kallio for third in the standings is Alex Debon, the home rider who took his first podium at the track last year.

Yuki Takahashi and Hector Barbera, who will not ride on October 26th due to his continuing recovery from fractures in his back, complete the category´s top six.


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