Sandro Cortese prevailed in a thrilling head-to-head battle with Johann Zarco to take his first ever Grand Prix victory, denying the Frenchman his maiden win in the process. Zarco still emerged a winner though, with Nicolas Terol's retirement blowing the title race wide open.

All looked to be well for the Spaniard who made a lightning getaway from pole position and after some early place-swapping with Zarco, settled into a lead with the Derbi and Cortese's Aprilia locked onto his rear wheel.

Sadly for British supporters though, Danny Kent's impressive weekend ended early. The 17 year old started from a career high of sixth after Luis Salom's warm-up crash forced him to pull out, but the Red Bull Ajo Aprilia grinded to a halt little over a lap into the race.

Disaster struck for the leader on lap nine as Terol began to slow down exiting turn one, seemingly unable to find a gear. With over five kilometres to travel before reaching the pitlane, Terol was forced to park his Aprilia, virtually guaranteeing a first-time winner.

It also meant that the five riders dicing for fourth all had a podium finish in their sights. Hector Faubel led the group ahead of the two Blusens Aprilias of Sergio Gadea and Maverick Vinales who had scythed through the field following poor grid slots. Alberto Moncayo and Miguel Oliveira were hot on their heels but Efren Vazquez took himself out of contention with a crash on lap 14.

The two leaders continued to ride nose-to-tail until the start of the penultimate lap when Cortese slipped up the inside of Zarco into turn one. The Frenchman returned the compliment on the final tour but his near-endless search for a first win will go on after Cortese elbowed his way through at the final esses.

The fight for the final podium position was equally explosive Vinales and Gadea slugged it out. The two Blusens teammates dropped back in the closing stages though allowing Moncayo to the front of the group. Faubel made a desperate late attempt on the run to the finish line but the younger Spaniard held on to claim his first ever Grand Prix podium.

Gadea and Vinales were forced to settle for fifth and sixth but with Terol drawing a blank, the 16 year old at least closed in on the championship leader. Oliveira should have finished right on his tail but came unstuck in the mad scramble through the final bend, dropping to 23rd.

This promoted home favourite Jakub Kornfeil to seventh, equalling his best result of the year, while Simone Grotzkyj finished higher in a Grand Prix than ever before in eighth. Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin also had plenty to celebrate with ninth while Jasper Iwema completed the top ten.

Despite Danny Kent's frustration, British supporters had plenty to smile about as Danny Webb came from 22nd to 12th with Harry Stafford right on his tail, finally scoring his first points in Grand Prix racing. Taylor Mackenzie made it to the finish in 21st.

 

Race Result (19 Laps):

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Sandro Cortese GER Aprilia Intact-Racing Team Germany 40:59.229
2 Johann Zarco FRA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +0.397
3 Alberto Moncayo SPA Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica +10.773
4 Hector Faubel SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team +10.794
5 Sergio Gadea SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing +11.144
6 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing +11.473
7 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta +24.720
8 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Aprilia Phonica Racing +39.982
9 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Derbi AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +42.887
10 Jasper Iwema NED Aprilia Ongetta-Abbink-Metaal +43.023
11 Luigi Morciano ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI +43.183
12 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Mahindra Racing +43.675
13 Harry Stafford GBR Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta +43.764
14 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Mahindra Racing +44.076
15 Louis Rossi FRA Aprilia Matteoni Racing +50.240
16 Sturla Fagerhaug NOR Aprilia WTR-Ten10 Racing +50.297
17 Miroslav Popov (WC) CZE Aprilia Ellegi Racing +1:06.807
18 Luca Gruenwald (WC) NED KTM Freudenberg Racing Team +1:06.870
19 Alessandro Tonucci ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI +1:07.004
20 Francesco Mauriello ITA Aprilia WTR-Ten10 Racing +1:07.132
21 Taylor Mackenzie GBR Aprilia Phonica Racing +1:15.543
22 Joan Perello SPA Aprilia Matteoni Racing +1:19.523
23 Miguel Oliveira POR Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica +1:19.885
24 Giulian Pedone SWI Aprilia Phonica Racing +1:33.814
25 Ladislav Chmelik (WC) CZE Aprilia RJR Racing +1:45.564
26 Peter Sebestyen HUN KTM Caretta Technology +2:03.770
Not Classified
Manuel Tatasciore (WC) ITA Aprilia Phonica Racing +3 Laps
Efren Vazquez SPA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +6 Laps
Nicolas Terol SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team +11 Laps
Alexis Masbou FRA KTM Caretta Technology +17 Laps
Danny Kent GBR Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport +18 Laps
Adrian Martin SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team +18 Laps
Niklas Ajo FIN Aprilia TT Motion Events Racing +19 Laps
Non Starter
Luis Salom SPA Aprilia RW Racing GP Injured
Did Not Qualify
Jacub Jantulik (WC) SVK Honda AMK Brno Junior Team

 

Lap Leaders (19 Laps):

Terol (1, 3, 5-8), Zarco (2, 4, 9-17), Cortese (18-19)

 

Riders Championship (After Round 10: Czech Republic)

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 154
3 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 2 132
4 Sandro Cortese GER Aprilia Intact-Racing Team Germany 1 131
5 Jonas Folger GER Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport 1 110
6 Hector Faubel SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 1 103
7 Efren Vazquez SPA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo 90
8 Sergio Gadea SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 82
9 Luis Salom SPA Aprilia RW Racing GP 76
10 Danny Kent GBR Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport 46
11 Alberto Moncayo SPA Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica 44
12 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta 43
13 Adrian Martin SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 30
14 Miguel Oliveira POR Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica 30
15 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Aprilia Phonica Racing 27
16 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Derbi AirAsia-Sic-Ajo 20
17 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Mahindra Racing 17
18 Taylor Mackenzie GBR Aprilia Phonica Racing 15
19 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Mahindra Racing 14
20 Louis Rossi FRA Aprilia Matteoni Racing 14
21 Jasper Iwema NED Aprilia Ongetta-Abbink-Metaal 13
22 Niklas Ajo FIN Aprilia TT Motion Events Racing 11
23 Alexis Masbou FRA KTM Caretta Technology 10
24 Hiroki Ono JAP KTM Caretta Technology 8
25 Luigi Morciano ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI 5
26 Toni Finsterbusch GER KTM Freudenberg Racing Team 4
27 Harry Stafford GBR Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta 3
28 John McPhee GBR Aprilia Racing Steps Foundation KRP 1
29 Josep Rodriguez SPA Aprilia Wild-Wolf-Racc-MS 1