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GP Week : Issue 110
Nico Terol took his second straight win in the smallest class. But this time it was no runaway. Bankia Aspar Aprilia team-mate Hector Faubel had come through after three laps to close down a lead of almost 2.5 seconds. By the eighth, Faubel took over the lead, and the Spanish pair battled from there almost to the end. Faubel had been in front in the closing stages, but Terol slipped past at the start of the penultimate lap, but Faubel was within less than a second as they started the last. He didn’t make it, slipping off in the treacherous wet conditions before he was halfway round, leaving Terol unchallenged to extend his title lead. With a damp start and drizzle getting heavier mid-race, it was as easy to crash as to stay on. Ten riders did so, including pole qualifier Sandro cortese (Team Germany Aprilia), lying third at the time. With five laps left and the field now quite spaced out, he was able to get going again and finish sixth: Faubel did the same to place eleventh. Those who survived took advantage. Jonas Folger (Red Bull Aprilia) was second, the 17- year-old German equalling his career-best, albeit 17 seconds adrift. it was the same for Frenchman Johann Zarco (Air Asia Derbi), another six seconds back in third. British riders shone in the rain, with rookies Danny Kent (Red Bull Aprilia) and Taylor Mackenzie (Phonica Aprilia, and son of ex-500 star Niall) fifth. The indian-owned Mahindra took its first points with Germany’s Marcel Schrotter coming through to 13th, though team-mate Danny Webb had earlier crashed out of what would eventually have been sixth or seventh. Sergio Gadea (Blusens Aprilia) was another to crash, along with Portuguese rookie Miguel oliveira (Andalucia Aprilia), who was running with the leaders for the first four laps. 125: Terol makes it two 28