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125cc stars move on to Le Mans

125cc stars move on to Le Mans

Nico Terol is the rider whom all others have in their sights as the leader of the eighth-litre class tries to defend his advantage at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

The third stage of the 2010 125cc World Championship takes place at Le Mans this weekend and the race for the eighth-litre title is already hotting up, with Nico Terol leading the chase for the crown after just two rounds. The Bancaja Aspar rider finished last year’s race at the track in ninth place, but was on the podium the season before so knows what it takes to score valuable points there.

Pol Espargaró (Tuenti Racing) sits seven points behind Terol in the standings and will lead the charge of others looking to break the Championship leader’s early run of form. Coming in off the back of a win at Jerez, where he beat Terol to the victory, Espargaró will aim for higher than his previous best of fourth at Le Mans.

Esteve Rabat (Blusens STX) is enjoying his best start to a season and is closely followed by Bancaja Aspar rider Bradley Smith inside the current top four. The Brit took his first World Championship podium at Le Mans three years ago and was fourth at the circuit last season, and will be hoping for further improvement as he seeks to make up the deficit to team-mate and rival Terol at the top.

Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing) will be refocused after the disappointment of a fall at Jerez, whilst Marc Márquez (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) also failed to finish at his home GP last time out following an unfortunate end to his race with a faulty exhaust. The young Spaniard has taken both pole positions so far this season, and will ride through the pain of a recovering injury sustained in his tumble.

Three wildcard riders will also race; Gregory di Carlo, Kevin Szalai (both Equipe de France Vitesse Espoir) and Kevin Thobois (Xtreme Racing Team), all three on Honda machinery.


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