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GP Week : Issue 120
125: Teenager Folger takes first win For once the last race of the day, the 125s faced conditions as bad as the earlier classes, with the wind even stronger. Two riders rose above the weather, and by the end the younger of them had taken it a step further. It was 17-year-old German Jonas Folger, who survived race-long pressure from Frenchman Johann Zarco (20). Eventually the Red Bull Aprilia rider escaped by almost four seconds for the first win in his career. Zarco (Avant AirAsia Derbi) was safe in second, with third-placed Hector Faubel (Bankia Aspar Aprilia) more than ten seconds behind. The two leaders had swapped back and forth, but stayed clear of some lively racing. For the first part of the race first-time pole qualifier Maverick Vinales (Blusens Aprilia) led the pursuit, with Faubel in his tracks. At around half distance Vinales fell; by when Spaniard Adrian Martin (Bankia Aprilia) had caught up. But he too had a big slide (like almost everyone else), and lost touch to leave Faubel unthreatened. Martin fell back into the next gang, making a group of four going back and forth, with Luis Salom (RW Aprilia), Efren Vazquez (Avant AirAsia Derbi) and Sandro Cortese (Intact Aprilia); with points leader Nico Terol (Bankia Aprilia) dropping off the back. They finished in that order, with Terol now well adrift in eighth. Jakub Kornfeil (Ongetta Aprilia) was ninth and Danny Kent (Red Bull Aprilia) filled the top ten, but only after Marcel Schrotter had crashed the independent Mahindra in front of them with three laps to go. Danny Webb was 11th on the second Mahindra. Crashers included Vinales team- mate Sergio Gadea and Simone Grotzky (Aprilia). Folger’s third podium of the year brought him within sight of Terol on points. The Spaniard has 128; Folger 93, ahead of Zarco (83). Cortese (81) and Vazquez (68) complete the top five, with Vinales down to sixth on 65. MOTOGP silverstone >>