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Maths challenge for 125cc riders ahead of Le Mans visit

Maths challenge for 125cc riders ahead of Le Mans visit

Points and half-points separate early 125cc frontrunners in lead-up to round four.

The majority of the 125cc riders are fresh out of school, and their experience in weekday mathematics classes will serve them well in preparation for the weekend of the Grand Prix de France. As a result of the four-lap race that opened the season in Qatar, some riders have less than a point separating them from their closest rival, and the table shows no runaway leader heading to round four.

Andrea Iannone had played his part in eking out a lead over the first two races, but at Jerez the Italian also managed to tighten up the field. The only rider to win two races so far in 2009, Iannone crashed in the early stages of the Spanish date, leaving victory to his principal challenger Bradley Smith.

Le Mans has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for Smith, who trails Iannone by just one point. The Briton has twice finished on the podium at the French race.

Pol Espargaró is just six points adrift of Iannone in third place, with a 1.5 point advantage over Julián Simon –another crasher at the Jerez circuit. Also in the immediate hunt for the series’ top spot are Sandro Cortese, Marc Marquez and Sergio Gadea, all of whom have finished on the podium once in the first three races.


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