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Terol takes second win of the season at Jerez

Terol takes second win of the season at Jerez

Nicolas Terol led the way to score another 25 points in a wet 125cc Gran Premio bwin de España ahead of Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) and Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) in a thrilling race at the Andalusian circuit.

It looked set to be a Bankia Aspar one two until Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar) after battling with his team mate through out the race, fell on the last lap in his 150th Grand Prix start and eventually finished 11th. Terol claimed his 11th successive podium with this victory and his seventh win of his 125cc career. In the Spaniard’s 98th race, he finished a massive 17.446s ahead of second placed man, Folger.

After rain had fallen this morning, it was the first time of the 2011 World Championship, that the riders had experienced wet weather running. The race got underway in damp, patchy conditions with all the riders starting on wet tyres. However it became much tougher with the rain becoming stronger midway through the race leading to many accidents in the difficult conditions.

17 year old Folger took only his second ever rostrum position with second place in a frantic race, ahead of Zarco who joined him on the podium. The Frenchman’s previous best result had been a sixth place. Folger and Zarco had been involved in an intense fight with pole sitter Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) and Efrén Vázquez (Ajo Motorsport) and kept their composure to take the podium, whilst Cortese fell in the battle for third place. The German remounted to finish in sixth. Vázquez suffered a similar fate as he also ended up in the gravel but like Cortese was about to rejoin and eventually finished in ninth.

It was a happy day for two British riders with Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) and Taylor Mackenzie (Phonica Racing) crossing the line in fourth and fifth. Kent whose previous best result had been 13th, whilst Mackenzie’s had been 18th, were impressive results for relative newcomers to the class.

Jakub Kornfeil (Ongetta-Centro Seta) took seventh position scoring good points ahead of Hiroki Ono (Caretta Technology Forward Team). The Japanese rider’s career best had been 24th after two starts in the 125cc category. Tenth place went to Zulfahmi Khairuddin (AirAsia-SIC-Ajo).

Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) had also been involved in the very exciting and close tussle with Cortese, Zarco and Vázquez but suffered a clutch problem which took him out of the race.

The Finn Niklas Ajo (TT Motion Events Racing) crashed out very early on and as the rain fell, followed by 16 year old Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) who was in third place at the time he tumbled out at turn 13 which was costing many riders in the mixed conditions. Spaniard Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) after securing his best qualifying result in sixth place was another victim of the final turn of the circuit and dropped out whilst in a top 10 position.

Danny Webb (Mahindra Racing) was taken off on a stretcher after a fast crash whilst fighting for the points. Harry Stafford (Ongetta-Centro Seta) finished in 18th place.

Tags:
125cc, 2011, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, RAC

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