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GP Week : Issue 136
RISInG Frenchman Johann Zarco has made a speciality of second place this season. today the Avant-AirAsia derbi rider finally won. this time he defeated points leader nico terol (Bankia Aprilia) good and proper after several battles of inches, crossing the line 5.9 seconds ahead. “It’s a great step,” he said. “I sometimes thought it would never happen.” The pair of them and Terol’s team-mate Hector Faubel had broken clear from the start, in a race of their own. Terol led, and Faubel consigned Zarco to second on lap five. But before he could slow the Frenchman to let Nico escape Zarco was in front again, and Faubel immediately started to lose touch. Zarco took over with six laps to go, and Terol immediately also started to fade, leaving him to a lonely victory. Maverick Vinales (Blusens Aprilia) provided the rest of the excitement in a somewhat stretched-out race. His chain broke just before the star t, and he had to start the warm-up lap from pit lane and the race from the back of the grid. The talented teen spent the race scything through from the back. By half distance he was up to eighth, and by the end fourth. He’d steadily picked through a group of four disputing the position, and was seven seconds clear by the end. Having qualified fourth, he would otherwise surely have been in the battle for the lead on his first visit to the track. Sandro Cortese (Intact Aprilia) was narrowly the strongest of the next quartet, followed by Jonas Folger (Red Bull Aprilia), Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Banca Aprilia) and Adrian Martin (Bankia Aprilia). Briton Danny Kent (Red Bull Aprilia) came through to snitch ninth; Jakub Kornfeil (Ongetta Aprilia) all but took tenth from Alessandro Tonucci (Italia Aprilia), with Mahindra’s Marcel Schrotter dropping to 12th in the last laps. Terol’s points lead shrunk, but remains impressive if not impregnable. He has 261 points, Zarco 230. Vinales is defending third from Cortese, 190 to 180. Folger (140) is now just one ahead of Faubel. 125: Better late than never 34