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250cc title race heating up ahead of Le Mans

250cc title race heating up ahead of Le Mans

French date will further establish World Championship credentials of main aspirants.

The 250cc World Championship has been a typically close affair so far in 2009, with three different race winners and as many series leaders from the opening trio of rounds. The current holder of the top spot is Hiroshi Aoyama, who took the win at Jerez to take over from Álvaro Bautista. Four points split the Scot Racing rider and his Mapfre Aspar rival, and the past two Grands Prix have seen the pair battle amongst each other for the victory.

A further eleven points down is Héctor Barberá, winner of the first race of the year in Qatar. Pepe World’s Spanish star has yet to finish on the podium at Le Mans, where this weekend the series will take another twist.

Whilst Barberá’s form has been erratic, that of Thomas Luthi has been steady, if unspectacular. The Swiss rider lies fourth in the World Championship standings, ahead of this weekend’s highest-ranked home rider Jules Cluzel, category rookie Gabor Talmacsi, Mattia Pasini and French 125cc World Champion Mike di Meglio.

Reigning 250cc titlist Marco Simoncelli took his first points of the year at Jerez with a podium placing, and props up the top ten below Raffaele de Rosa.


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