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Terol leads 125s to southern Spain

Terol leads 125s to southern Spain

The Bankia Aspar rider is the man the remainder of the class is targeting going into Round 2 at Jerez this weekend.

Jerez de la Frontera signals the start of the European rounds of 2011 this weekend, and Spanish rider Nico Terol will aim to build on a formidably strong start to the season on home soil following a dominant win in Qatar.

The Bankia Aspar rider took victory in the first race of the 125 season by more than seven seconds at Losail, further underlining his status as title favourite this year. Last year he finished second in the race at Jerez and will now aim to go one better, and Terol is the only rider from last season’s Jerez race top five who remains in the 125 class this season.

Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) and Sergio Gadea (PEV-Blusens-SMX Paris Hilton) completed the podium in Qatar and will hope to reduce the substantial advantage Terol held throughout the weekend, whilst Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) and Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) both scored top-five finishes and will target further progress following their promising starts to the campaign.

Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar) will seek an immediate response following his Qatar result, having finished 11th, and the Spaniard will be well aware of the importance of not letting team-mate and rival Terol open up too great an advantage in the early rounds.

Rookies Maverick Viñales (PEV-Blusens-SMX Paris Hilton) and Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) impressed with top-ten finishes at Losail, and the young talents will be supplemented in Round 2 by wild card entries Josep Rodrigues (Wild Wolf – RACC), Daniel Ruiz (Larresport) and Kevin Hanus (Team Hanusch).

The Mahindra Racing team made an encouraging World Championship bow in Qatar with riders Danny Webb and Marcel Schrötter, and will arrive at Jerez – where the category completed its final pre-season Test at the start of March – confident of making further advances.

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