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125cc Mugello round presents chance for leadership escape

125cc Mugello round presents chance for leadership escape

The frontrunners in the 125cc World Championship could break away with strong results in Italy.

The 125cc class might have a bigger cushion between the series leader and the second-placed rider in the standings, but the category is still as wide open as the racing on track.

Victory at Le Mans gave Julián Simón a five-and-a-half point lead over Bancaja Aspar teammate Bradley Smith, with the duo yet to engage in a head-to-head battle for the win. Both the Spaniard and his British rival are heavily favoured for glory in 2009, and Mugello could be the race where one of the two establishes superiority.

The win could, of course, go to one of the multitude of other riders participating in the Gran Premio d’Italia Alice. Amongst the prime candidates is home racer Andrea Iannone, whose season has been on the slide –literally as well as figuratively- with two crashes to follow up his victories in the opening two rounds. The Ongetta Team I.S.P.A rider was able to pick up his Aprilia after a tumble at Le Mans to put further points on the board, and now needs to regain his form in order to prevent a Simón/Smith escape.

Sergio Gadea and Jonas Folger moved up the classification with respective podium finishes in France, and cannot be ruled out in a battle at Mugello. The fifth round of the year will also feature the appearance of a wealth of wildcard talent from the Italian national championship, as well as the same series’ reigning champion and World Championship rookie Lorenzo Savadori.


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