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GP Week : Issue 141
THE last ever 125 race went to rambunctious rookie Maverick Vinales – his fourth win of the year and the second in succession. But the historic day belonged to Nico Terol, who secured the championship with second place after his rival Johan Zarco crashed out. The Frenchman on the AirAsia Derbi needed to win and for Terol to finish lower than 13th. He was fifth after two laps, but didn’t finish the next, sliding out on the treacherous surface and stomping off. After that, Terol (Bankia Aprilia) didn’t even need to finish. The weather had been difficult all weekend – resulting in a first-ever pole position for Danny Webb and the Indian Mahindra, after the Briton fitted slicks at the very end of the wet qualifying session. It was just as tricky for the first race of the day: not wet enough for wet tyres, but very difficult on slicks. Webb led the first lap, then dropped back out of the top ten before slipping off. Hector Faubel (Bankia Aprilia) held the early lead, but by half distance Vinales (Blusens Aprilia) had tracked him down, with Terol close behind. Terol led for four laps, then Faubel for one more, but on the 19th teenager Vinales took over, and by the finish had pulled out an advantage of better than three seconds at the flag. Terol was second, Faubel a similar distance behind for the last rostrum spot. Jonas Folger (Red Bull Aprilia) had lost touch with the lead group by half distance, and with seven laps to go fell victim to Efren Vazquez (AirAsia Derbi), picking his way through after finishing lap one 13th. Luis Salom (RW Aprilia) and had been defending sixth in the last laps from a closing Adrian Martin (Bankia Aprilia). On the last lap they crashed out together, Salom remounting to save seventh, behind a lucky Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Banca Aprilia). Terol won eight races to amass a total of 302 points, Zarco just one for 262. Vinales secured third on 248 ahead of Cortese (225), who crashed out in the early stages. Faubel was fifth, on 177 points. 125: TEROL LOCkS uP THE TITLE Nico Terol celebrates securing the championship with a second place finish and his rival Johan Zarco crashing out. Maverick Vinales won his fourth race of the year 30