News 6 Jun 2011

Terol takes stunning fourth 125cc GP race win of the year at Spanish round

Terol has now stretched his lead to 48 points in the 125cc standings.

Terol has now stretched his lead to 48 points in the 125cc standings.

Nico Terol took his fourth win of the 2011 125cc GP season after an action packed race that saw Johann Zarco penalised 20 seconds for an illegal overtake on the last lap.

After a wet weather warm up, the 125cc race start was held in drying conditions. Most of the field chose slick tires for the race including all of the race leaders, though several riders opted for rain tyres at the start.

However as the race progressed, the sun came out and progressively dried the track, forcing those who chose the rain tyres to the pits for a change to slicks.

A tactical battle ensued at the start of the race between Bankia Aspar’s Terol, Avant Air Asia Ajo’s Zarco and Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team’s Maverick Viñales.

The very experienced Terol pulled a gap of over six seconds pursued by Zarco, who battled him for the win, overtaking Terol in the last few laps.

Terol managed to regain the lead in the final lap, but Zarco was determined for the win, trying to overtake again in the last corner, pushing Terol off the track into the grass.

Zarco was penalised 20 points and thereby demoted to sixth position, giving Terol his fourth win of the season.

Viñales claimed his second podium of the 2011 season with a second place finish, followed by Red Bull Ajo Motorsport’s Jonas Folger.

Banksia Aspar’s Héctor Faubel ran wide with seven laps to go when he and Folger nearly touched, forcing Faubel out of the top five.

Fourth place finisher was Intact Racing Team Germany’s Sandro Cortese followed by Avant AirAsia Ajo’s Efrén Vázquez, Zarco in sixth and Faubel following in seventh.

Eighth place went to Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team’s Sergio Gadea, Bankia Aspar’s Adrián Martín took ninth and Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Jakub Kornfeil rounded out the top ten.

Terol now holds a 48 point lead in the championship going into Silverstone for round six of the championship.