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Viñales takes 125 win in red flagged race

Viñales takes 125 win in red flagged race

Maverick Viñales charged to his second victory of 2011 at the Iveco TT Assen, pulling a 2 and a half second gap over Luis Salom in second and Sergio Gadea in third before rain produced a red flag.

Rookie Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) pulled away from the field of the 125cc riders, after a thrilling start saw a group of 8 riders battling for the lead. The 16 year old had dropped back as far as ninth position, only to make his way back to the front, finally making an outside pass on Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) to take the lead on lap 10.

The start of the race saw Sergio Gadea charge into the lead in the first corner and ride an aggressive race, making some astonishing passes through the chicane and trading places with the two Derbis of Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) and Efrén Vázquez. Gadea finally finished third when rain produced the red flag and called the race at lap 15. As two thirds of the race distance had been covered, full points awarded as of positions at lap 14.

Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) battled with Cortese and Gadea, maing a pass on Gadea just in time to place second in the race. Cortese ended in fourth, followed by Zarco in fifth, Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) in sixth and Vázquez in seventh

Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) was in the lead pack until he had a big moment in turn one, finishing the race in eighth position, in front of Marcel Schrötter (Mahindra Racing) in ninth and Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar) in tenth.

Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) and Jasper Iwema (Ongetta-Abbink Metaal) crashed on lap 7, after Iwema had moved up to 17th from a start from 32nd on the grid. Harry Stafford crashed lap 9, but was able to rejoin the race to finish 25th.

125cc, 2011, IVECO TT ASSEN, RAC

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