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Di Meglio takes debut win as Lüthi edges closer to title

Di Meglio takes debut win as Lüthi edges closer to title

Di Meglio takes debut win as Lüthi edges closer to title

Mike di Meglio emerged victorious after a thrilling six-way battle at the Istanbul Park circuit to take his first Grand Prix win ahead of Mattia Pasini and Tomy Koyama. Meanwhile, Thomas Lüthi took another big step towards the 125cc crown, extending his Championship lead to 23 points after finishing fifth as Finnish title rival Mika Kallio crashed out on the last lap.

Right from the outset Lüthi and Kallio battled for the lead, but di Meglio, Pasini and Kallio´s team-mate Gabor Talmacsi all had their say as they formed a lead group of five riders along with the two title contenders. This group quickly pulled away from the rest of the field, helped by the fact that Sergio Gadea and Hector Faubel clashed and crashed out at the last corner on lap four when tailing the top five.

Lüthi, Kallio, Pasini, di Meglio and Talmacsi took turns leading the race before a typical 125 last-lap showdown. By then Koyama had rejoined the leading pack for the final dice. At the beginning of the last lap Lüthi was back at the front after a sensational move from fifth to first, ahead of di Meglio and Kallio.

The Finn then crashed as he charged into the first sector in an attempt to regain the lead, leaving di Meglio and Pasini to fight it out for victory. The Frenchman was able to fend off the Italian´s fierce challenge to take his first win, while Koyama and Talmacsi passed Lüthi who now only needs to score two points in the last race of the season at Valencia to win the Championship.


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