Nicolas Terol left it late before snatching victory from Johann Zarco after a race-long battle which went all the way to the final few metres of the Grand Prix. The two riders were in a class of their own had the race for victory all to themselves, with tactics proving all-important.

Terol made a lightning start from the second row and fired the Aspar Aprilia through the middle of the front row men to take the lead into San Donato. Zarco latched onto the back of him and the pair of them quickly stretched clear of the rest of the field, led by Luis Salom and the Blusens Aprilias of Sergio Gadea and Maverick Vinales.

Vinales fought his way to the front of the chasing group on lap three, bringing Efren Vazquez and Hector Faubel with him, but by this point the top two were nearly four seconds clear. Salom soon fell back to sixth but had a comfortable advantage over the battle for seventh between Gadea and Sandro Cortese. Meanwhile, Jonas Folger had made rapid progress from 21st on the grid and was closing in on them in ninth.

At half distance, tactics started to come into play in the battle for the lead, with Terol running slightly wide at San Donato and allowing Zarco into the lead. It soon became clear that the Spaniard was content to follow the Frenchman as he continuously sat up whenever he got into the slipstream of the Derbi.

The leaders ran nose to tail until the closing seconds of the race, with Zarco trying in vain to shake off the attentions of Terol, but as they exited Bucine for the final time, Terol made his move. There would be no sitting up this time and despite Zarco's attempt to break the two, Terol blasted past to take his fifth victory of the season by just 0.167s.

The fight for the final podium position also went down to the wire. Vinales held third but lost ground in a strange incident on lap 16 when he gestured over his left shoulder to Vazquez, seemingly letting him through, but as he did that, Faubel sneaked through on the blind side to take third.

Vinales responded two laps later and slipstreamed past the Aspar Aprilia on the start/finish straight to secure the final podium position. Faubel lost further ground on the final lap allowing Vazquez to take fourth with Luis Salom finishing a distant sixth.

The fight for seventh proved as fierce as any with Gadea and Cortese running side-by-side on the run to the finish line. Despite Cortese's best efforts to squeeze Gadea towards the grass, the Spaniard got his wheel in front by 0.010s. In the end, it didn't matter as Cortese's robust defence earned him a 20 second penalty.

This promoted Miguel Oliveira to eighth and his teammate Alberto Moncayo to ninth but both riders were beneficiaries of a late crash for Jonas Folger. The German was hot on the heels of Gadea and Cortese but slid off at Palagio just three laps from home.

Like Folger, Red Bull Ajo MotorSport teammate Danny Kent had to come from behind after a terrible qualifying session and the Briton snatched 15th on the last lap to continue his run of points-scoring finishes. Taylor Mackenzie finished right on his tail in 17th.

Danny Webb was forced to race in severe pain after injuring his shoulder in morning warm-up and pulled into the pits at half distance. Harry Stafford had a crash of his own and lost any chance of points in the race after a bright start.

 

Race Result (20 Laps):

Pos Rider Nat Team Time/Gap Points
1 Nicolas Terol SPA Bankia Aspar Team 39:51.815 25
2 Johann Zarco FRA Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +0.167 20
3 Maverick Vinales SPA Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing +8.379 16
4 Efren Vazquez SPA Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +8.491 13
5 Hector Faubel SPA Bankia Aspar Team +8.594 11
6 Luis Salom SPA RW Racing GP +22.908 10
7 Sergio Gadea SPA Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing +23.989 9
8 Miguel Oliveira POR Andalucía Banca Civica +40.138 8
9 Alberto Moncayo SPA Andalucía Banca Civica +40.767 7
10 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Ongetta-Centro-Seta +41.198 6
11 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Racing +41.255 5
12 Sandro Cortese GER Intact-Racing Team Germany +43.999 4
13 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Phonica Racing +46.172 3
14 Jasper Iwema NED Ongetta-Abbink-Metaal +58.976 2
15 Danny Kent GBR Red Bull Ajo MotorSport +59.725 1
16 Alexis Masbou FRA Caretta Technology +1:00.127
17 Taylor Mackenzie GBR Phonica Racing +1:00.227
18 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +1:08.245
19 Miroslav Popov CZE Ellegi Racing +1:10.593
20 Alessandro Tonucci ITA Team Italia FMI +1:13.662
21 Francesco Mauriello ITA WTR-Ten10 Racing +1:23.949
22 Niklas Ajo FIN TT Motion Events Racing +1:38.811
23 Giulian Pedone SWI Phonica Racing +1:53.144
Retirements
Luigi Morciano ITA Team Italia FMI +1 Lap
Kevin Calia ITA MGP Racing +1 Lap
Jonas Folger GER Red Bull Ajo MotorSport +3 Laps
Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Racing +11 Laps
Peter Sebestyen HUN Caretta Technology +11 Laps
Louis Rossi FRA Matteoni Racing +13 Laps
Joan Perello SPA Matteoni Racing +13 Laps
Sturla Fagerhaug NOR WTR-Ten10 Racing +13 Laps
Massimo Parziani ITA Faenza Racing +14 Laps
Adrian Martin SPA Bankia Aspar Team +19 Laps
Harry Stafford GBR Ongetta-Centro-Seta +19 Laps

 

Lap Leaders (20 Laps):

Terol (1-10, 20) Zarco (11-19)

 

Riders Championship (After Round 8: Italy)

Pos Rider Nat Team Wins Points
1 Nicolas Terol SPA Bankia Aspar Team 5 153
2 Johann Zarco FRA Avant-AirAsia-Ajo 114
3 Maverick Vinales SPA Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 2 106
4 Jonas Folger GER Red Bull Ajo MotorSport 1 101
5 Sandro Cortese GER Intact-Racing Team Germany 98
6 Efren Vazquez SPA Avant-AirAsia-Ajo 90
7 Luis Salom SPA RW Racing GP 65
8 Hector Faubel SPA Bankia Aspar Team 65
9 Sergio Gadea SPA Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 61
10 Danny Kent GBR Red Bull Ajo MotorSport 39
11 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Ongetta-Centro-Seta 31
12 Adrian Martin SPA Bankia Aspar Team 30
13 Miguel Oliveira POR Andalucía Banca Civica 30
14 Alberto Moncayo SPA Andalucía Banca Civica 23
15 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Phonica Racing 19
16 Taylor Mackenzie GBR Phonica Racing 15
17 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Racing 15
18 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL AirAsia-Sic-Ajo 13
19 Louis Rossi FRA Matteoni Racing 13
20 Alexis Masbou FRA Caretta Technology 10
21 Hiroki Ono JAP Caretta Technology 8
22 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Racing 8
23 Jasper Iwema NED Ongetta-Abbink-Metaal 6
24 Niklas Ajo FIN TT Motion Events Racing 5
25 John McPhee GBR Racing Steps Foundation KRP 1
26 Josep Rodriguez SPA Wild-Wolf-Racc-MS 1