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125 2011: The story so far

125 2011: The story so far reviews the season so far at the summer break, with nine of the 17 rounds completed.

At just over halfway through the 2011 season and with the short summer interval almost finished, takes a look back over the nine rounds of the campaign which have provided plenty of action for review. Click on each round to watch race highlights.

A solid pre-season favourite for the title, Nico Terol started the 2011 season in fitting style by taking victory from pole position in the season opener in Qatar ahead of Sandro Cortese and Sergio Gadea, following it up with wins at both Jerez and Estoril. The second round victory came in the wet and was a notable race for podium finishes for both Jonas Folger and Johann Zarco – the Frenchman’s first GP top-three result – as well as top-five finishes for British youngsters Danny Kent and Taylor Mackenzie, whilst in Portugal Cortese and Zarco stepped onto the rostrum for the second time each in the opening three rounds, the latter just beating a surging rookie Maverick Viñales for the final podium spot.

Viñales’ pedigree had been noted before the start of the season and his near-podium result at Estoril spurred him on to victory at Le Mans as he beat Terol across the finish line for a stunning debut GP win in only his fourth World Championship start, as Efrén Vázquez made it an all-Spanish top three. Viñales proved his win was no fluke with a podium result in the next race at Catalunya, as Terol was awarded victory after Zarco crossed the line first but was adjudged to have gained an unfair advantage as the two battled out of the final turn. The Frenchman was penalised 20 seconds and ended sixth, with Folger promoted into the final podium spot.

In wet conditions at Silverstone Folger rode to his first GP win as Zarco placed second and Héctor Faubel responded to a tough initial return to the 125 category with third place. Viñales crashed in the British round but was back to winning ways at Assen where he finished first in a race shortened by changing weather conditions, as Luis Salom took his first podium in second and Gadea completed the top three. Absent from the race was Championship leader Terol, who injured a finger in a crash the previous day and required surgery.

Terol was back with a bang at Mugello where he won his fifth race of the season, with Zarco and Viñales in second and third. At Sachsenring Terol placed fourth as his team-mate Faubel recorded his first win of the season, edging a photo finish over Zarco with Viñales again on the podium.

Heading into Round 10 at Brno next weekend Terol holds a 32-point lead over Zarco at the top of the Championship, with Viñales’ superb debut season seeing the 16 year-old third overall at just 12 points further back.

125cc, 2011

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