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GP Week : Issue 114
If Nicolas Terol carries on like this, few will mourn the death of the 125 class. For a third race in succession the Spanish Bankia Aspar Aprilia rider simply galloped away from the rest, almost ten seconds clear soon after half distance, and cruising on to win by a comfortable 3.6 seconds. For once the last race of the day, the smallest class was also run in sunny conditions, on a track now fully dry. Terol led into the first corner, and the only other bikes he saw from then on were those that he lapped. It may have looked desultory by comparison, but there was a good battle for second. Sandro Cor tese (Intact Aprilia) made the early running, pursued by fast Portuguese rookie Miguel Oliviera (Andalucia Banca Aprilia) in the early stages. Meanwhile Hector Faubel (Bankia Aspar Aprilia) was closing up, and by lap ten was pushing Cortese hard. Two laps later he was ahead, and by the time Cortese got back in front of him on lap 17 they had been joined by another rookie, Maverick Vinales (Blusens Aprilia) and Frenchman Johann Zarco (Airasia Derbi). Vinales was narrowly heading the gang when Faubel crashed out on lap 20; the remaining three scrapped to the line, finishing Cor tese, Zarco, Vinales, covered by less than a second. Jonas Folger (Red Bull Aprilia) was fifth, dropping eight seconds off this gang by the finish but still comfortably clear of Efren Vazquez (Airasia Derbi), who had got ahead of Oliviera after half distance. Luis Salom (RW Aprilia) narrowly won a race-long battle with Adrian Martin (Bankia Aspar Aprilia); Simone Grotzky (Phonica Aprilia) was tenth. Danny Webb on the Indian Mahindra narrowly missed out on the points in 16th. Terol already has one full race in hand over nearest championship rival Cortese, with 75 points to 50. Folger and Zarco have 42 apiece; Vazquez 30. 125: Scene 3, same as 1 and 2 MOTOGP estoril >> 29