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Terol takes maiden victory as rain stops play in Indianapolis

Terol takes maiden victory as rain stops play in Indianapolis

A red flagged race put Nico Terol on the top step of the podium for the first time in his World Championship career.

An early conclusion to the 125cc opener at Indianapolis gave Jack&Jones WRB´s Nico Terol a first World Championship victory of his career, the Spaniard benefitting from the appearance of rain and a red flag on lap seventeen.

Despite having crossed the line after rival Pol Espargaro on that lap, with FIM rules stating that results be based on the last full lap for all riders it was Terol who would be placed on the top step of the podium, an incredible achievement for the teenager in a revelatory season.

Espargaro´s pit crew had been celebrating his draft to the line, but the youngest ever podium finisher would have to content himself with second place. The race quickly became a battle of Spanish starlets, as Espargaro´s early breakaway was halted by a small mistake on lap ten. Running slightly wide, the Belson Derbi rider´s fault allowed Terol to catch up and pass his fellow countryman, beginning a duel between two riders hungry for their first ever World Championship glory.

After spats of rain fell on the Indianapolis asphalt, it became clear that every lap could potentially be the final time around the track for the 125cc competitors. Well aware of this was Stefan Bradl, who took the necessary risks to ensure that it was he who emerged on top of the closing pack and on the podium for a fourth time.

Scott Redding, Marc Marquez, Simone Corsi, Bradley Smith, home rider Stevie Bonsey and series leader Mike di Melgio rounded off the first ten past the line in the abbreviated race.


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