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Nico Terol takes Misano at the line

Nico Terol takes Misano at the line

A race long cat and mouse game between Terol and Zarco was finally settled on the last lap, as World Championship points leader Terol took his seventh win of the season, ahead of second place finisher Zarco and Vázquez in third.

Bankia Aspar’s Nicolas Terol led into turn one at the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, with pole starter Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) immediately fighting his way through the pack in pursuit of the Spaniard.

The French rider was desperate to keep Terol in his sights, colliding with Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar) twice off the start and then Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) as he came back into line after the second bump with Faubel pushed him off track. Zarco then set the fastest laps of the race in his charge to catch the quickly departing Terol, closing the gap and catching the leader with 14 laps to go.

With 6 laps remaining, Zarco made his move on Terol, then deliberately let him back through. The two swapped the lead until the final lap when leading man Zarco was nipped at the line by the 22 year old Spaniard, leaving the Avant-AirAsia-Ajo man without a Grand Prix win and in second place for the fifth time this season.

Efrén Vázquez followed team mate Zarco to the front of the pack early in the race, to finish a clear but lonely third with the closest rider four seconds behind the Spaniard. Vázquez climbed onto the third step of the podium for the second time this season.

A freight train for fourth place saw Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) come out on top, with front row starter Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar) in fifth and second row starter Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) in sixth.

Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) took seventh place followed by team mate Gadea in eighth, while Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) and Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) completed the top ten finishers.

A notable performance by Miroslav Popov (Ellegi Racing), who started from the second row for his third GP appearance, saw the youngster finished thirteenth.


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