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Quickfire Dutch follow up in fantastic 125 fight

Quickfire Dutch follow up in fantastic 125 fight

A superb duel at the top of the 125cc World Championship standings is developing, and the next instalment takes place less than a week after an epic race at Silverstone with the TIM TT Assen.

Pol Espargaró holds a one-point advantage over Nico Terol at the top of the 125cc World Championship as the TIM TT Assen provides round six of the 2010 campaign, and the battle for positions at the top of the standings is producing a scintillating contest at every race.

Having produced the third closest top-four finish of all time in the 125cc class in round four at Mugello (just 0.161s separated Marc Márquez, Terol, Espargaró and Bradley Smith), the fifth instalment of the season at Silverstone saw a fierce battle between Espargaró and Márquez for victory, which the Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider won.

Second place handed Tuenti Racing rider Espargaró top spot in the standings however, the first time he has led the World Championship, and the 19 year-old will be confident of improving on his best finish at Assen which was ninth last season. Bancaja Aspar rider Terol’s best ever finish at the Dutch circuit was fifth last year, and his fourth place at Silverstone in the last round was the first time he has failed to finish on the podium this season. Terol will be eager to regain the psychological advantage of an early Championship lead at Assen this Saturday.

Victory at Silverstone for Márquez gave the Red Bull Ajo Motorsport his second consecutive win having never tasted victory before Mugello, and the 17 year-old now occupies third place in the standings at 16 points off Terol. A further 21 points back in fourth is Bancaja Aspar’s Smith who achieved an emotional first podium of 2010 at his home GP last time out. The result also saw the presence of a non-Spanish rider on the rostrum for the first time this season.

Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX), Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing) and Tomoyoshi Koyama (Racing Team Germany) are all tightly locked in a battle behind Smith, with the ever-improving Randy Krummenacher (Stipa-Molenaar Racing) also amassing points with regular top-ten finishes.

The opening 125cc practice session of the TIM TT Assen takes place at 12.40pm local time on Thursday.

125cc, 2010, TIM TT ASSEN

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