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GP Week : Issue 132
WHAT does Frenchman Johan Zarco have to do to win a race? Certainly not what he did at Misano. The only serious rival to Nico Terol’s championship fought with him for most of the race, and finally prevailed on the last lap. Only to lose concentration out of the last corner. As he looked over his shoulder, and then gestured as if to push his rival back, Terol (Bankia Aprilia) inched ahead as they crossed the line. His seventh win of the year, and the fourth time this year that pole qualifier Zarco (AirAsia Derbi) has lost the chance of his first GP win. “I knew he was faster than me on the straights, and that’s why I looked behind out of the corner, to try to keep him back – so I was a bit slow out of that corner,” the disappointed Frenchman said. He has crossed the line ahead of Terol once this year, at Barcelona, only to be penalised for forcing the Spaniard off the track on the run to the line. Terol had led away, with Zarco and team-mate Efren Vazquez closing slowly. Before half distance Zarco has broken free from Vazquez, and was soon on Terol’s tail. They exchanged the lead several times, until the crucial last lap; Vazquez was a safe but distant third. Brno winner Sandro Cortese (Intact Aprilia) finally prevailed in a big battle for fourth, with Hector Faubel (Bankia Aprilia) still close. Danny Kent (Red Bull Aprilia) was two seconds adrift by the end for his best finish, the British rookie’s hands full fending off slow starter Maverick Vinales and Sergio Gadea (both Blusens Aprilia). Jonas Folger (Red Bull Aprilia) was almost ten seconds down in ninth: tenth went to Portuguese rookie Miguel Oliveira (Andalucia Banca Aprilia), at the head of a gang comprising team-mate Alberto Moncayo, then Jakub Kornfeil (Ongetta Aprilia) and Czech wild card Miroslav Popov (Ellegi Aprilia). Terol opened the points gap again, 216 to Zarco’s 185. Vinales has 161, Cortese 160 and Folger 124. 125: ZARco gIvEs It AwAy ... AgAIn 30