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Espargaró takes second consecutive victory of season

Espargaró takes second consecutive victory of season

The Tuenti Racing rider won a fantastic 125cc race at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, taking his fourth career win. Nico Terol finished second and had his Championship lead cut to two points, with Marc Márquez placing third.

Pol Espargaró (Tuenti Racing) took victory at Le Mans with a fantastic ride in the 125cc race, edging out Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar) for the victory and narrowing his rival’s lead at the top of the World Championship standings to two points.

Terol led into the first turn after a storming start from his pole position, and Espargaró stuck on the Bancaja Aspar rider’s back wheel as the duo started to pull away after the early stages of the race.

A marvellous battle for third then began to unfold as Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar), Márquez, Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing), and Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo) all engaged in a thrilling encounter. All the while Terol and Espargaró were riding tactically at the front, neither wanting to make a mistake.

That began to change after 16 laps as after Espargaró passed Terol, the pair started to really exchange blows. Espargaró set the fastest lap of the race as the duo set about swapping the lead, with the gap to third being cut in the meantime to five seconds.

Smith was leading the contest for third as Márquez began to push him, with Vázquez also riding hard, and a breathtaking climax then played out as the fight for podium positions became even more intense.

Down to the final two laps and Espargaró and Terol were by now locked into a fierce contest for the win. A mistake from Smith saw the British rider’s Aprilia machine wobble momentarily and Márquez capitalised to push through into third. Smith tried to recover the position but Márquez held him off in the dying moments, and Vázquez managed to slip through as well.

At the front Espargaró made his decisive move to secure the win on the last lap as he crossed the line ahead of Terol. Márquez secured the third spot on the podium, whilst Vázquez took fourth and Smith finished fifth, with Cortese completing the top six.

Italian trio Lorenzo Savadori (Matteoni C.P. Racing), Riccardo Moretti (Fontana Racing) and Marco Ravaioli (Lambretta Reparto Corse) all suffered the disappointment of not finishing the race.

Tags:
125cc, 2010, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, RAC

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