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GP Week : Issue 125
Ittook a decision by race direction to establish who had won a thriller of an opening race, after leader Hector Faubel (Bankia Aspar Aprilia) protected the wrong side on the dash out of the final corner. As he stayed tight, Johann Zarco (Avant AirAsia Derbi) went round the other way, and pulled past him as they crossed the finish line. Zarco thought he had won, but his celebrations were cut short. The timing showed them identical to the thousandth of a second; the photo-finish likewise. But the race went to Faubel, because his best lap was fractionally faster. Rookie Maverick Vinales (Blusens Paris Hilton Aprilia) was just two tenths behind, after starting from pole and leading from lap 16 to 26. The 16-year- old, in only his ninth GP was wrong-footed as the trio went back and forth on the final lap. Championship leader Nico Terol (Bankia Aprilia) was fourth, clear at the end of Luis Salom (RW Aprilia) and Sergio Gadea (Blusens Paris Hilton Aprilia). The six had been close for most of the race, with the group only breaking up over the last five laps. Jonas Folger (Red Bull Aprilia) won out over the next trio, from Sandro Cortese (Intact Aprilia) and British rookie Danny Kent (Red Bull Aprilia) right behind. The next battle was for tenth, with Niklas Ajo (TT Motion Aprilia) narrowly holding off Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Banca Aprilia). Wild card Toni Finsterbusch (Freudenberg KTM) prevailed over Jakub Kornfeil (Ongetta Aprilia) and Danny Webb (Mahindra), with Dutch rider Jasper Iwema dropping back from this group by the finish for the last point. Efren Vazquez (Avant AirAsia Derbi) had led for three laps in the early stages, losing the group when he ran off, then crashing out while trying to regain ground. Adrian Martin (Bankia Aprilia) and Harry Stafford (Ongetta Aprilia) crashed together ahead of Finsterbusch on the final lap. Terol’s lead shrunk to 32 points, 166 to Zarco’s 134.. Vinales has 122, Folger 110 and Cortese 106, with Faubel’s first win of the year moving up to equal sixth with Vazquez on 90. 125: Dead heat! 30