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Iannone far-from-lonely as tight 125cc class hits Jerez

Iannone far-from-lonely as tight 125cc class hits Jerez

7.5 points separate Italian rider from rival Julián Simón after two races.

With two (or one-and-a-half, depending on viewpoint) victories to his name in the 125cc class from as many races, Andrea Iannone is the early leader of the category in 2009. Just twenty-four laps into the season –four of which constituted a curtailed Qatar opener- the Italian has already eked out a 7.5 point advantage over any other rider in the class. He has, however, never won a race in Europe, a statistic that he will be eager to change this weekend at Jerez.

The Ongetta Team I.S.P.A rider has an immediate rival in his quest for the world title in the smallest cylinder class, in the form of Julián Simón. Bancaja Aspar’s local rider was the fastest man in testing at the Spanish circuit, and has twice finished runner-up to Iannone this season. After double disappointment, Simón is one of the favourites for victory on Sunday.

Spanish fans have another rider shining bright in the 125cc class in the opening stages of the season, namely Derbi teenager Pol Espargaró. He finished on the podium last time out in Japan, and came closest to a home rostrum at the scene of this weekend’s race with fourth place in 2007.

The new breed of German talent have made their mark in the category over the past two races, with Sandro Cortese, Stefan Bradl and rookie Jonas Folger looking to spoil the party in Jerez for the home riders. Just off them in the standings, fast tester at the Spanish track Bradley Smith has his sights set on a first Grand Prix victory.


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