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Terol goes unchallenged for 125cc win

 Terol goes unchallenged for 125cc win

Nico Terol led the Gran Premio de Aragón from start to finish to capture his eighth win of the 2011 season, while Héctor Faubel and Johann Zarco battled for second with Zarco taking second as Faubel crashed out on the last lap, giving third to Maverick Viñales.

With wind gusts up to 30kph, the single cylinder class race commenced with Bankia Aspar’s Terol heading first into turn one at the MotorLand circuit pulling an immediate gap on the rest of the field and holding it to cross the line over 6 seconds ahead of second place finisher Zarco.

A poor start from Zarco off the second row once again saw the Frenchman desperate to make his way up to the front, finally breaking from the pack to catch pole starter Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar) with whom he then scrapped with for the second podium spot for the entire race until on the last lap, as Faubel was making a late braking pass in the second to the last corner, the Spaniard lost the front and went down, handing second to Zarco and giving third place to Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) who had run the race in a lonely fourth position.

A thrilling race long battle for fifth place, which turned into fourth after Faubel crashed, saw Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) finish ahead of Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo), Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) in sixth, Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) in seventh and Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) in eighth, the pack of five finishing with just fractions of a second between each other and requiring a video image to determine sixth and seventh positions. Directly after the finish however, both Salom and Cortese were penalized for passing under a yellow flag and were therefore reclassified as finishing fifth and seventh, while Vázquez and Kent were moved to fourth and sixth respectively.

Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) and Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) completed the top ten, ahead of eleventh place finisher Marcel Schrötter (Mahindra Racing) and Luigi Morciano (Team Italia FMI) in 12th.

Louis Rossi (Matteoni Racing) had been part of the group fighting for fifth, until crashing out on lap 6, while Alexis Masbou (Caretta Technology Forward Team) pitted with technical problems early in the race. Jasper Iwema (Ongetta-Abbink Metaal) and Harry Stafford (Ongetta-Centro Seta) also had falls, with Stafford rejoining but forced to retire before the end of the race.


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