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Márquez secures first ever victory in Mugello 125cc thriller

Márquez secures first ever victory in Mugello 125cc thriller

The Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider enjoyed the first win of his career at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM, coming out on top in a fantastic four-way battle. Championship leader Terol and Espargaró completed the podium, with Smith placing fourth.

Marc Márquez (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) took his first World Championship win in a tight 125cc race at Mugello that went all the way to the wire, leading an all-Spanish podium which was completed by Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar) and Pol Espargaró (Tuenti Racing) at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM on Sunday.

Pole holder Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo) had the worst possible start when he crashed on the opening lap, the young German rider sliding out at the Borgo San Lorenzo turn. It was then left to the remainder of the front row of the grid of Espargaró, Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar) and Terol, along with Márquez who started from sixth, to engage in a four-way battle at the front.

The opening laps saw Terol, who led the Championship by two points going into the race, and Espargaró in the top two positions, but with neither seemingly willing to engage in an early battle the race remained open.

On lap six Espargaró decided to make a pass on Terol, but neither Márquez or Smith were dropping off the pace and Smith posted a new fastest lap record for the circuit of 1’58.009 as an intriguing race continued to unfold. Shortly after the British rider was at the head of the pack, but the lead was to change hands many more times before the end of the race.

Cortese’s afternoon was then capped by another crash at the midway point of the race as the tactical encounter at the front of the pack continued.

Going into the final stages there was still very little separating the top four, and it went down to a final-lap thriller. Márquez led the pack into the 20th and final lap of the circuit and managed to hold his slender advantage to cross the line ahead of Terol, Espargaró and Smith, with just 0.161s between the quartet.

Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing), Randy Krummenacher (Stipa-Molenaar Racing), Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) and Tomoyoshi Koyama (Racing Team Germany) completed the top eight, with British rider Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol) placing tenth. Terol remains at the top of the standings after the race with 85 points, six ahead of Espargaró and Márquez moves to third on 57.

There were crashes during the race for Marco Ravaioli (Lambretta Reparto Corse), Lorenzo Savadori (Matteoni C.P. Racing), Sturla Fagerhaug (AirAsia - Sepang International Circuit Team), Louis Rossi (CBC Corse), Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Cajasol) and Luigi Morciano (Junior GP).


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