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GP Week : Issue 119
Nico Terol (Bankia Aspar Aprilia) took his four th win in five races at home in catalunya. But he didn’t cross the line first. elbowed onto the grass on the exit from the last corner by Johann Zarco (AirAsia Derbi), he had to back off and watch the Frenchman take the chequer. Not long afterwards Race Direction applied a 20-second penalty, dropping Zarco to sixth. The first race started with lingering damp patches: a handful of riders used wet tyres, and paid the price as watery sunshine broke through. They played no part in events. The lead was hotly disputed; Terol giving way on lap two to Le Mans winner Maverick Vinales (Blusens Paris Hilton Aprilia). The rookie has been sent off from the grid by Miss Hilton herself. By the time Terol took over again up front, on lap eight, the pair had been caught by Zarco, and two laps later the Frenchman nipped into second. Soon afterwards Vinales lost touch. Now it was a tactical game to the end, with Terol letting Zarco ahead with four laps to go. As they started the last he swept past under braking and soon had a gap of a few bike lengths. It looked in the bag ... until Zarco’s attack on the last corner. Vinales stayed second, ten seconds adrift at the end. Jonas Folger (Red Bull Aprilia) and fellow-German Sandro Cortese (Intact Aprilia) were both slow away, but came through to catch a battle between Efren Vazquez (AirAsia Derbi) and Hector Faubel (Bankia Aprilia). Faubel got pushed out; Folger narrowly defeated Cortese for third, with Vazquez next, the trio covered by seven tenths. Zarco was dropped to sixth; then Faubel was narrowly ahead of Sergio Gadea (Blusens Paris Hilton Aprilia). Adrian Martin (Bankia Aspar Aprilia) narrowly defeated Jakub Kornfeil (Ongetta Aprilia) for ninth; Britons Danny Webb (Mahindra) and Harry Stafford (Ongetta Aprilia) crashed out together in the first corner. Terol’s title lead opened up yet more: 120 points to Cortese’s 72. Folger has 68, then Vinales (65), Zarco (63) and Vazquez (57). 125: All arms and elbows 28