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Lüthi wins close contest

Lüthi wins close contest

Lüthi wins close contest

Thomas Lüthi completed his impressive recovery by winning the 125cc race at Sepang, just a week after suffering a heavy crash and sustaining a dislocated shoulder in Japan. The Swiss youngster consolidated his Championship lead by winning one of the closest race recorded in recent years as he took the flag just 0.002s ahead of title rival Mika Kallio - only Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso provided a closest finish in GP history, in last year´s 125 Qatari GP.

Lüthi led for most of the race; having started from pole position, he briefly conceded the leadership to Kallio in the first couples of corners after the start and hit the front of the pack before the end of the first lap. He quickly escaped a chasing pack formed by the three KTM of Kallio, Talmacsi and Simon. By mid-race Kallio was able to come back in the trail of Lüthi, leaving his team-mates dicing for third against Aprilia riders Mattia Pasini and Hector Faubel.

In the late stages of the race, Kallio put up a strong challenge and exerted a tremendous pressure on the leader, but Lüthi didn´t blink and was able to stay in front of the Finn and cross the finish line just two thousandths of a second ahead of his rival.

The battle for third saw Pasini emerging victorious of a four-way dice ahead of Faubel, Talmacsi and Simon to secure his first podium since the Dutch TT. Fabrizio Lai finished in sixth ahead of Manuel Poggiali, Marco Simoncelli and Tomy Koyama.


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