News 26 Aug 2011

Pressure on Terol increasing as 125cc GP class gets set for Indy

Nico Terol is coming under increased pressure heading to Indianapolis.

Nico Terol is coming under increased pressure heading to Indianapolis.

Over the course of the last two rounds of the 125cc World Championship leader Nico Terol’s advantage at the top of the standings has been cut from 39 points to 12, as the Spaniard contends with the ever-strengthening challenge of Frenchman Johann Zarco.

Terol held an extremely healthy lead following his victory at Mugello but fourth place in Germany and a mechanical failure at Brno which resulted in a DNF have closed the gap on the Bankia Aspar rider. His main rival Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) is now even closer on his tail, having finished the last three races in second position as he edges closer to an elusive first World Championship Grand Prix win.

Rookie Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) was sixth in the Czech Republic and remains a threat at the top end, whilst Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) comes into the Indianapolis weekend fresh off the back of his first ever GP win. Cortese, who registered his achievement in his 109th Grand Prix start, is now just a single point behind Viñales.

Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) missed the Brno race after returning home to Germany from the Czech Republic due to illness, and his participation at Indianapolis depends on the outcome of further medical checks in his homeland.

Bankia Aspar rider Héctor Faubel leads a quartet of Spanish riders in the standings from sixth to ninth which includes Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo), Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton) and Luis Salom (RW Racing) who was forced to miss the Brno race with a fractured hand.

British rookie Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) completes the current top ten and will hope to recover from a non-finish in the previous round, where an engine problem ended his race on the opening lap.

Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) scored his first world championship podium at Brno, where Simone Grotzkyj’s (Phonica Racing) eighth place was the best result in the 125cc class for an Italian rider so far this season.

The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix runs from August 26th-28th, with the on-track action starting on Friday at 9.15am local time when the 125 category gets its first practice session underway.