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125cc class prepares for British return

125cc class prepares for British return

Lower cylinder category heads to Donington Park.

The 125cc race at the 2008 British Grand Prix saw a memorable home victory for Scott Redding, ending a long run without reason for local cheer. Redding is back for more in 2009, although he is some way outside the title picture.

The previously almost inseparable top two in the lower cylinder category were split by two contrasting results in Germany. A win for Julián Simón and a first DNF of the year for Bradley Smith extended the gap between the two to 30.5 points, and put the duo’s Bancaja Aspar teammate Sergio Gadea between them for good measure.

Simón has great memories of Donington Park from his first stint in 125cc, as it was at the British venue that he took a first Grand Prix victory in 2005. Gadea has been just off the podium for the past two seasons at the track, whereas Smith has not had much joy at his home circuit. The Oxfordshire rider has never qualified higher than the third row in the Midlands, and has yet to take to the podium in four appearances there. Experiencing his best season to date, could this be Smith’s year to shine in front of his dedicated supporters?

Also stating their case for title contention are Andrea Iannone and Nico Terol, riding for the Ongetta I.S.P.A and Jack&Jones WRB teams, respectively.

The British Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 26th July, with practice sessions beginning on Friday.


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