Hector Faubel took an extraordinary victory at the German Grand Prix on a tiebreak thanks to setting a faster lap than Johann Zarco after the two finished dead level after 27 laps of racing.

The 125cc class provided another dramatic spectacle with the lead regularly changing hands but as the race entered its' final four laps, the leading group which once included as many as ten riders was down to three with polesitter Maverick Vinales leading Faubel and Zarco.

Zarco made his intentions clear at the start of the penultimate lap with a dive up the inside of Faubel into turn one which had seen so much dicing earlier on, but the Bankia Aspar rider returned the compliment at the same point next time around and latched straight on to the back of Vinales.

Faubel put a beautiful move on the teenager at the double-apex turn three, swooping round the outside before cutting back underneath the Blusens bike on the run into turn four and victory looked highly likely.

This still looked the case three corners from home with Zarco still behind Vinales in third but the Frenchman scythed up the inside into turn 12 and lined his Derbi up for an attack on the leader.

As the leaders rounded the final corner, it was clear that Zarco had carried greater speed and he drew alongside Faubel as the finish line approached. The official timing screens showed Zarco in first place but by 0.000s and a video finish was called for. None of the available camera angles could separate them and a tiebreak was needed, with the faster race lap of the two determining the winner, with Faubel’s 1:27.867 giving him the verdict over Zarco’s 1:28.136.

The Photo Finish reveals a dead heat between Faubel and Zarco

Faubel’s a win was his first in nearly four years with Zarco an agonizing second for the second race running. Almost forgotten in the drama was Vinales who took the chequered flag a quarter of a second back in third.

A podium finish for the 16 year old was all the more impressive given a terrible start where he was hung out to dry on the outside of turn one, dropping to tenth before working his way back to the front of the pack.

Nicolas Terol led the race in the early stages after working his way through the field from sixth, but the AirAsia Derbis of Efren Vazquez and Zarco followed closely ahead of the two Blusens Aprilias with Faubel back in sixth.

Vazquez was the first man to depart the leading group after outbraking himself into turn one ten laps from the finish, while Terol was surprisingly the next to drop back as the rear end of his Aprilia looked increasingly nervous.

Sergio Gadea hit trouble in the closing stages too allowing Terol to claim fourth with Luis Salom following the championship leader home in fifth, and Gadea falling to sixth. The two home favourites battled it out for seventh with Jonas Folger edging out Sandro Cortese, while Danny Kent chased them home in ninth. Niklas Ajo meanwhile put in an excellent ride to complete the top ten.

Danny Webb battled bravely to score points for Mahindra but there was more heartbreak for Harry Stafford who got caught up in an incident with Adrian Martin at the very last corner when on course for points. Taylor Mackenzie was also in the shake-up for a top-15 finish after a lightning start but crashed out mid-race.

 

Race Result (27 Laps):

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Hector Faubel SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 39:57.979
2 Johann Zarco FRA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +0.000
3 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing +0.272
4 Nicolas Terol SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team +1.723
5 Luis Salom SPA Aprilia RW Racing GP +2.784
6 Sergio Gadea SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing +6.786
7 Jonas Folger GER Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport +13.116
8 Sandro Cortese GER Aprilia Intact-Racing Team Germany +13.414
9 Danny Kent GBR Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport +13.710
10 Niklas Ajo FIN Aprilia TT Motion Events Racing +29.090
11 Alberto Moncayo SPA Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica +29.341
12 Toni Finsterbusch (WC) GER KTM Freudenberg Racing Team +33.483
13 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta +34.357
14 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Mahindra Racing +34.405
15 Jasper Iwema NED Aprilia Ongetta-Abbink-Metaal +36.878
16 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Mahindra Racing +43.087
17 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Aprilia Phonica Racing +43.123
18 Louis Rossi FRA Aprilia Matteoni Racing +52.487
19 Luigi Morciano ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI +1:01.936
20 Giulian Pedone SWI Aprilia Phonica Racing +1:04.494
21 Sturla Fagerhaug NOR Aprilia WTR-Ten10 Racing +1:05.804
22 Francesco Mauriello ITA Aprilia WTR-Ten10 Racing +1:05.900
23 Joan Perello SPA Aprilia Matteoni Racing +1:23.431
24 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Derbi AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +1:26.645
25 Alexis Masbou FRA KTM Caretta Technology +1 Lap
26 Felix Forstenhaeusler (WC) GER Honda Schwaben Racing Team +1 Lap
Not Classified
  Adrian Martin SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team +1 Lap
  Harry Stafford GBR Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta +1 Lap
  Luca Gruenwald (WC) NED KTM Freudenberg Racing Team +4 Laps
  Efren Vazquez SPA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +7 Laps
  Peter Sebestyen HUN KTM Caretta Technology +8 Laps
  Marvin Fritz (WC) GER Honda LHR Project Racing +19 Laps
  Jack Miller (WC) AUS Aprilia RZT Racing +24 Laps
  Miguel Oliveira POR Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica +25 Laps
  Taylor Mackenzie GBR Aprilia Phonica Racing +25 Laps
Did Not Start
  Alessandro Tonucci ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI

 

Lap Leaders (27 Laps):

Gadea (1, 13-15), Faubel (2-4, 27=), Vazquez (5-7), Terol (8-12), Vinales (16-26), Zarco (27=)

 

Riders Championship (After Round 9: Germany)

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Wins Pts
1 Nicolas Terol SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 5 166
2 Johann Zarco FRA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo 134
3 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 2 122
4 Jonas Folger GER Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport 1 110
5 Sandro Cortese GER Aprilia Intact-Racing Team Germany 106
6 Hector Faubel SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 1 90
7 Efren Vazquez SPA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo 90
8 Luis Salom SPA Aprilia RW Racing GP 76
9 Sergio Gadea SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 71
10 Danny Kent GBR Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport 46
11 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta 34
12 Adrian Martin SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 30
13 Miguel Oliveira POR Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica 30
14 Alberto Moncayo SPA Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica 28
15 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Aprilia Phonica Racing 19
16 Taylor Mackenzie GBR Aprilia Phonica Racing 15
17 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Mahindra Racing 15
18 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Derbi AirAsia-Sic-Ajo 13
19 Louis Rossi FRA Aprilia Matteoni Racing 13
20 Niklas Ajo FIN Aprilia TT Motion Events Racing 11
21 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Mahindra Racing 10
22 Alexis Masbou FRA KTM Caretta Technology 10
23 Hiroki Ono JAP KTM Caretta Technology 8
24 Jasper Iwema NED Aprilia Ongetta-Abbink-Metaal 6
25 Toni Finsterbusch GER KTM Freudenberg Racing Team 4
25 John McPhee GBR Aprilia Racing Steps Foundation KRP 1
26 Josep Rodriguez SPA Aprilia Wild-Wolf-Racc-MS 1