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GP Week : Issue 102
Spanish teen sensation Marc Marquez took yet another demoralising victor y, taking his Red Bull Derbi to a seventh win and avenging his fates after being knocked off on the first corner at the last round. He also closed up again on points, in the closest title battle in any class. Marquez was supreme, on pole for a ninth time in 12 races and leading into the first corner. Current points leader Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar Aprilia) nipped ahead, and stayed there for the next seven laps as the pair drew clear of Terol’s chasing team-mate Bradley Smith. But Marquez was biding his time: “WhenI sawhewasalittlebiton the limit I pushed, then step by step I could go away.” The margin stretched steadily to almost three seconds, Marquez able to slack off and win comfortably by 2.6 . Terol’s dogged pursuit had carried him well clear of Smith, who had seen off a strong challenge from four th-placed Pol Espargaro (Tuenti Derbi) and Sandro Cortese (Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi), the latter tumbling out before half distance, remounting for an eventual 12th. Smith was lucky to survive a crash going into the first corner, when Efren Vazquez (Tuenti Derbi) collided with his back wheel and was in turn struck by Jonas Folger (Ongetta Aprilia), both tumbling heavily. With the front four spaced out there was a lively scrap for fifth, with Tomoyoshi Koyama (Team Germany Aprilia) mainly getting the better of Alber to Moncaya (Andalucia Aprilia) and Esteve Rabat (Blusens Aprilia) – u ntil he crashed out, scrambling back to finish last. Danny Webb (Aprilia) was a lone seventh; Luis Salom inched fellow Spaniard for eighth; Johann Zarco outdrafted Randy Krummenacher and Cortese in a gang going for tenth (all but Cortese Aprilia). The race lacked close action up front. Not so the title chase. Terol still leads on 228, but Marquez is up to second, six points behind: Espargaro third on 215. Smith is only mathematically still in the hunt on 160, Cortese has 122. 125: Marquez bounces back to take title to the wire Moto GP MOTEGI >> Moto2: Elias the impregnable 39