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GP Week : Issue 28
125: Terol wins rain-shortened battle Nicolas Terol (J&J Aprilia) became the first person to win a motorcycle race in 99 years at Indianapolis, combining aggression and a spot of lucky timing when rain cut the scheduled 24 laps to 16. The race began in dry but overcast conditions, but they did not last. Pol Espargaro (Belson Derbi) had led away from pole, stretching his lead to almost 2.5 seconds on lap five, with Terol and fast Briton Scott Redding (Blusens Aprilia) in hot pursuit, then a big gang disputing fourth. Terol rapidly closed on his fellow Spaniard over the next laps, then got ahead when the Derbi rider ran hopelessly wide at the last tight corner. Soon afterwards he had pulled clear. But things were about to change, as spots of rain brought out the warning flags on lap 13. First one then the other slowed cautiously as spots of rain turned into drops; and now Espargaro made another run, clearly divining that the race would be stopped before full distance. With a final lunge he got ahead at the end of lap 17, but it was too late. The red flags came out simultaneously, and results were taken from the previous lap. Redding had already run into gear-shifting problems, and on lap 16 he was caught by the battling quartet behind. Only Stefan Bradl (Grizzly Gas Aprilia) was ahead over the line, and though the rest piled past into Turn One, it was too late for them. Sandro Cortese (Emmi-Caffe Latte Aprilia) was next, then Marc Marquez (Repsol KTM), with Simone Corsi (J&J Aprilia) dropping off a bit at the back. Gabor Talmacsi (Bancaja Aprilia), riding with a freshly broken wrist, dropped to 14th after running with the chase group early on. Bradley Smith (Polaris World Aprilia came through to eighth after being forced off the track on the first lap. American Stevie Bonsey (de Graaf Aprilia) narrowly headed Mike di Meglio (Ajo Derbi) over the line, the pair rounding out the top ten. Di Meglio still heads the points race, on 192 to Corsi’s 167, with the Talmacsi losing ground on 149. Bradl is just seven points behind the injured Hungarian defender. 250: Long way to come for no race … It was a long journey for nothing for the 250 troops. They ran through qualifying – points leader Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera) setting pole time ahead of Hector Barbera (Toth Aprilia), Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM) and Alex Debon (Lotus Aprilia); with practice tumbler Alvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aprilia) placed sixth. And they lined up on the grid. But by then the rain 42 was falling heavily and the track flooded, and they were sent back to the pits. The race was then postponed until late in the afternoon, after the MotoGP event. But when that race was cut short by worsening winds, the waiting was soon over. The race was cancelled. “It was a long way to come for nothing,” said Simoncelli; whose points advantage remains unchanged.