Faubel victorious after photo finish

Sunday, 17 July 2011

A dead heat to the finish line between Johann Zarco and Héctor Faubel gave the Spaniard his first win of the season after a photo finish determined a tie between the two, requiring the fastest lap of the two to be the deciding factor in who was the victor. Viñales took third following the last lap three way scrap for the win.

A breathtaking last lap battle between Faubel (Bankia Aspar), Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) and Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) in the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland 125cc race saw Frenchman Zarco make a move Faubel outside of the last corner of the race, crossing the finish line at the exact same time at the Spaniard. A video image finish determined a tie between the two, therefore based on the rules the win goes to the rider who had the fastest lap, thus giving Faubel his first Grand Prix win of the season and Zarco a miss at his first victory.

A great start by Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) put him in the lead at the start of the 29 lap race, where he was joined by the likes of Luis Salom (RW Racing GP), Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica), Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo), Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar) in an eight man tussle for the lead. Meanwhile Viñales was pushed down to tenth at the start, giving the youngster who started on pole a tough job to scrap his way back to the front on the tight and twisty Sachsenring circuit.

Fierce racing ensued, with Terol, Vázquez, Gadea swapping the lead and no break in the front eight until Vázquez was forced off of turn one trying to outbreak everyone and ran off the track, taking him out of the lead pack with 11 laps to go. Vázquez later crashed out of the race while pushing hard to catch the leaders.

With ten laps to go, there were still 6 riders fighting fiercely for the front, with aggressive passing and bumping for position between the leaders. Terol faded from the front on lap 22, and Gadea was dropped shortly after when it appeared he had an issue with the clutch lever of the bike. Meanwhile Viñales had made his way up to Faubel and Zarco, and the three began the struggle for the lead until the photo finish.

Championship leader Terol finally finished in fourth, with Salom and Gadea in fifth and sixth. Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport), who had tried to stay with the frontrunners but fell back halfway through, ended the race seventh, while Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany), Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) and Niklas Ajo (TT Motion Events Racing) completed the top ten positions.

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