News 14 Sep 2011

Terol closing in on first 125cc Grand Prix World Championship

Nico Terol is has stretched his 125cc Grand Prix lead to 31 points.

Nico Terol is has stretched his 125cc Grand Prix lead to 31 points.

Back-to-back wins in the last two rounds of the 125cc World Championship have seen Nico Terol (Bankia Aspar) stretch his lead at the top of the standings to 31 points, and the Spaniard enters this weekend’s Gran Premio de Aragón keen to further extend his advantage.

Victory for Terol in the previous round at Misano came after it seemed certain that Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) was about to claim his first GP win, but the Spaniard snatched the win on the drive to the finish line to take his seventh win of 2011 and leave his rival frustrated by a fifth second-placed finish of the year.

It is the Frenchman whom Terol leads in the championship and with five rounds – including Aragón – remaining Zarco will know the importance of finishing ahead of his rival this weekend.

Just a single point stands between Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) and Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) in third and fourth places respectively, and there is an identical difference between Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) and Héctor Faubel who are further back in fifth and sixth.

Spaniards Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo), Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) and Luis Salom (RW Racing) will all be chasing strong results in another home GP, and British rookie Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) currently completes the top ten in what is an impressive debut season.

Three wild card riders will also compete in the 125s this weekend with Spaniards Josep Rodrigues (Wild Wolf – RACC) and Pedro Rodríguez (Turismo de Aragón – DVJ) and German Kevin Hanus (Team Hanusch) riding.

The Gran Premio de Aragón gets underway at 9.15am local time on Friday September 16th, when the 125cc class starts the first free practice session.