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Simón seeks to maintain 125cc control

Simón seeks to maintain 125cc control

Leader in the 125cc standings by more than 50 points Julián Simón goes into the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in great shape.

Julián Simón will make his Indianapolis race debut on Sunday in the 125cc class, having been part of the 2008 250cc field which was unable to race in the first ever World Championship visit to the famous American venue, due to adverse weather conditions.

Nonetheless, the clear title favourite will go into the weekend in a confident mood, having secured his eighth podium of the season last time out in second place in the Czech Republic – which gave him a 54.5 point standings lead with six races remaining. Simón had qualified in tenth place last year at Indy on a 250cc machine, but the Spaniard has proved to be far more effective on 125cc machinery this season.

Nico Terol sits second in the championship behind his countryman and he too will be brimming with self-belief as head heads across the Atlantic Ocean to Indiana. Terol was last year’s 125cc winner in the historic first ever Indianapolis race (a contest shortened also due to the weather) and was victorious in the Czech Republic just over one week ago.

Below Terol in the standings are Simón’s Aspar team-mates Bradley Smith and Sergio Gadea, with Smith eight points behind Terol and Gadea just half a point adrift of the Englishman.

Ongetta Team ISPA’s Andrea Iannone - who is fifth in the championship - saw his rollercoaster season continue with third place in Brno, whilst Pol Espargaró (Derbi Racing Team) was fifth in the Czech Republic and will look to repeat or better his 2008 result of second place at Indianapolis.

Completing the present 125cc top ten are Sandro Cortese (Ajo Interwetten), Marc Márquez (Red Bull KTM), Jonas Folger (Ongetta Team ISPA) and Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing).

The 125cc riders get underway at 12.40pm local time on Friday in Indianapolis with their first free practice session.


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