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125cc category returns to Japan after curtailed Qatar race

125cc category returns to Japan after curtailed Qatar race

Iannone leads standings as class gears up for first full race of 2009.

The Polini Grand Prix of Japan serves as a main course for the 125cc class, who had only the briefest of aperitifs in Qatar. With just four laps and half points on the board, the visit to Motegi will be the first full challenge of the year for the lowest cylinder category in the World Championship.

Andrea Iannone leads the way in the class following his second Grand Prix victory, and those left without the laps to try and chase him down at Losail will be more eager than ever to take the reigns in the standings. Chief amongst them will be Bancaja Aspar’s Julián Simón, the fastest man in preseason and qualifying for the opening round.

Ajo Interwetten rider Sandro Cortese and Simón’s teammate Bradley Smith will also fancy their chances of a podium finish on Japanese soil.

Of last year’s podium finishers, only Viessman Kiefer Racing rider Stefan Bradl –the winner of the 2008 race- remains in the class.


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