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GP Week : Issue 138
THE 125s got the worst of the squally weather, with a drencher hitting as they lined up to start. The race was delayed by 15 minutes, with teams frantically wondering what tyres to fit, then started on a wet track but under clear skies. Only Bankia Aprilia third rider Adrian Martin essayed wet tyres and a back-of- the-grid start after joining from pit lane, and for a while he looked brilliant. After two laps he had a lead of better than five seconds, over Sandro Cortese (Intact Aprilia), himself stretching away from briefly inspired KTM rider Alex Masbou. But the track was drying fast, and on lap six Cortese caught and passed the now rapidly fading Martin, who would later pit for a tyre change. Cortese cleared off unchallenged, for a second win of the year. “ With the rain at the beginning I just tried to stay on the bike ... okay, I had to risk a little bit,” was his understated explanation. Masbou dropped behind what would for the next few laps be a three-bike battle, with Johan Zarco (AirAsia Derbi) heading Luis Salom (RW Aprilia) and Hector Faubel (Bankia Aprilia). The last-named would lose touch; Salom by the finish had got ahead of title contender Zarco for second. The Frenchman was lucky that he had got back ahead of his team-mate Efren Vazquez at the crucial moment ... because after on the 21st of 23 scheduled laps the rain returned and the race was red flagged. Terol took the opposite approach. Qualified fourth, he was ultra-cautious in the early laps and dropped as far back as 16th on lap four. As conditions improved he gradually worked up to his full racing speed ... often fast enough for a runaway win. Today it took him all the way to sixth, still five seconds down on fifth-placed Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Banca Aprilia) but ahead of obliging team Faubel. Vinales started slowly in 21st on lap one, but was through to eighth at the finish, bringing Louis Rossi (Matteoni Aprilia) with him past the Mahindra pair, Danny Webb and Marcel Schrotter on the final lap. Tenth and 11th was the best yet for the new Indian team. Jonas Folger (Red Bull Aprilia) qualified on the front row, but did not start after blowing up his engine in morning warm-up. Zarco edged six points closer and is now just 25 behind Terol, 246:271. Cortese took over third on 205 to Vinales’s 198; Faubel, Vazquez and Folger have 148, 142 and 140. 125: BRAVE WINS, CLEVER COMES SIxTH MOTO2: DE ANGELIS WINS; MARqUEz fIGHTS BACK MOTOGP AUSTRAliA >> 45