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250cc class makes U.S. return at Indianapolis round

250cc class makes U.S. return at Indianapolis round

Not included as part of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix lineup since the MotoGP class´ return to North America, the 250cc category will make a stateside comeback at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The 250cc class will make its return to American soil after a fourteen year absence when the riders line up at Indianapolis, with the quarter-litre series last having raced stateside at the 1994 U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. That race was won by Doriano Romboni, and another Italian is one of the favourites for success at Indianapolis. Current World Championship leader Marco Simoncelli is chasing his first title, and has been a podium regular this season.

Twenty-six points split Simoncelli from closest rival Mika Kallio, who has been off the rostrum for the most recent three rounds. The Red Bull KTM rider is expected to have an upgraded machine for the Indianapolis visit, with the chance to close the gap and keep his name in the running for a MotoGP ride in 2009.

Alex Debon, Alvaro Bautista, Hector Barbera and Mattia Pasini also feature in the top six in the championship, and have all come into various degrees of contact with each other this season. Bautista won last time out in Misano, but all four hold 250cc victories and the potential to become the category´s first racewinner at the new IMS circuit.


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