The 125cc Grand Prix of Indianapolis went largely to form as Nicolas Terol stormed to his sixth victory of the season, extending his championship lead in the process. The Spaniard dominated the race from start to finish and was never under any great pressure from behind, with the battle for second raging on in his wake.

Sandro Cortese and Johann Zarco were the men hoping to take the fight to Terol from the front row of the grid but the pole sitter left them for dead at the start. His lead was over a second at the end of the first lap with Maverick Vinales coming through from fourth on the grid to take second ahead of Zarco and Hector Faubel.

The fight for second was initially between those three but a group of three riders behind them gradually hauled themselves into play. Cortese was leading it in fifth after a terrible first lap while Sergio Gadea and Efren Vazquez followed him closely. Danny Kent should have been with them but took a costly trip through the gravel on lap eight.

By half distance, the two packs had converged together and the battle for the second step on the podium now featured six riders. Surprisingly, it was Zarco who appeared to be in the most difficulty as faint trails of smoke started to leave the Derbi. The Frenchman slipped all the way back to seventh while Vinales used the incident as an opportunity to stretch away.

Another subsequence of Zarco's problem was the demise of Hector Faubel who lost third to Gadea before quickly falling into the clutches of Vazquez in sixth place. This allowed Cortese some breathing space and left him free to chase down Vinales, and with four laps left to run, the race was on again for P2.

The two swapped places lap after lap with turn one the overtaking hotspot. Cortese scythed past into second at the start of the penultimate lap but Vinales wouldn't be denied, returning the favour as the final lap got underway.

Despite pressurising the 16 year old through the final few turns, Cortese was forced to settle for third with Vinales an superb second. None of them had an answer for Terol though who cruised home almost unnoticed to a crushing victory.

Sergio Gadea just missed out on the podium in fourth  while Zarco managed to battle back to fifth as his Derbi machine returned to full capacity in the closing stages. Although he sneaked past teammate Vazquez on the run to the line, the Frenchman still lost valuable points in the race for the title.

The battle between the two Avant-AirAsia-Ajo teammates went all the way to the line

Faubel eventually fell back to a lonely seventh with Miguel Oliveira bouncing back from the disappointment of Brno to finish eighth. Jonas Folger rode a quiet race to ninth while the in-form Jakub Kornfeil rounded out the top ten for Ongetta-Centro-Seta.

Unfortunately for the team, Harry Stafford couldn't join the Czech rider in the points after retiring early on. Taylor Mackenzie also had a difficult race which included a trip through the grass but he at least made it home in 21st.

Danny Kent kept his head after the early mistake to rescue some points in 13th but fellow Briton Danny Webb didn't take the start after injuring his hand in qualifying.

 

Race Result: 23 Laps

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Nicolas Terol SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 42:11.978
2 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing +3.633
3 Sandro Cortese GER Aprilia Intact-Racing Team Germany +3.737
4 Sergio Gadea SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing +4.227
5 Johann Zarco FRA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +14.186
6 Efren Vazquez SPA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +14.200
7 Hector Faubel SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team +18.477
8 Miguel Oliveira POR Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica +23.992
9 Jonas Folger GER Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport +24.239
10 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta +38.748
11 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Aprilia Phonica Racing +39.194
12 Louis Rossi FRA Aprilia Matteoni Racing +40.203
13 Danny Kent GBR Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport +44.088
14 Alexis Masbou FRA KTM Caretta Technology +45.201
15 Luigi Morciano ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI +46.037
16 Jasper Iwema NED Aprilia Ongetta-Abbink-Metaal +58.451
17 Brad Binder RSA Aprilia RW Racing GP +1:12.015
18 Francesco Mauriello ITA Aprilia WTR-Ten10 Racing +1:12.898
19 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Derbi AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +1:14.294
20 Joan Perello SPA Aprilia Matteoni Racing +1:23.947
21 Taylor Mackenzie GBR Aprilia Phonica Racing +1:29.369
22 Peter Sebestyen HUN KTM Caretta Technology +1:29.813
23 Alessandro Tonucci ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI +1:34.296
24 Giulian Pedone SWI Aprilia Phonica Racing +2 Laps
Did Not Finish
Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Mahindra Racing +1 Lap
Adrian Martin SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team +3 Laps
Sturla Fagerhaug NOR Aprilia WTR-Ten10 Racing +12 Laps
Niklas Ajo FIN Aprilia TT Motion Events Racing +16 Laps
Harry Stafford GBR Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta +16 Laps
Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Mahindra Racing Non Starter
Alberto Moncayo SPA Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica Non Starter

 

Lap Leaders (23 Laps):

Terol (1-23)

 

Riders Championship (After Round 11: Indianapolis)

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Wins Pts
1 Nicolas Terol SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 6 191
2 Johann Zarco FRA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo 165
3 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 2 152
4 Sandro Cortese GER Aprilia Intact-Racing Team Germany 1 147
5 Jonas Folger GER Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport 1 117
6 Hector Faubel SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 1 112
7 Efren Vazquez SPA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo 100
8 Sergio Gadea SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 95
9 Luis Salom SPA Aprilia RW Racing GP 76
10 Danny Kent GBR Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport 49
11 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta 49
12 Alberto Moncayo SPA Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica 44
13 Miguel Oliveira POR Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica 33
14 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Aprilia Phonica Racing 32
15 Adrian Martin SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 30
16 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Derbi AirAsia-Sic-Ajo 20
17 Louis Rossi FRA Aprilia Matteoni Racing 18
18 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Mahindra Racing 17
18 Taylor Mackenzie GBR Aprilia Phonica Racing 15
19 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Mahindra Racing 14
21 Jasper Iwema NED Aprilia Ongetta-Abbink-Metaal 13
22 Alexis Masbou FRA KTM Caretta Technology 12
23 Niklas Ajo FIN Aprilia TT Motion Events Racing 11
24 Hiroki Ono JAP KTM Caretta Technology 8
25 Luigi Morciano ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI 6
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