Nicolas Terol - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Nicolas Terol - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com


Nicolas Terol
moved another step closer to the 125cc World Championship with another crushing victory at Aragon. The series leader made a lightning getaway from the outside of the front row and never looked back, leaving his teammate Hector Faubel to dispute second with Johann Zarco.

With Terol storming into the lead, Faubel slotted in behind his team leader while Sandro Cortese dived past Maverick Vinales and Zarco into third. Immediately it became clear that the German didn't have the pace to run at the front, losing third to Vinales further around the opening lap before Zarco snatched fourth moments later.

The leading quartet started to stretch their lead over the rest but with Terol easing ahead of Faubel, Zarco was in mood to bide his time. The Frenchman's patience lasted until lap five before taking third from Vinales but he was forced to wait another four laps before taking second as Faubel ran wide at turn one.

With the Aspar Aprilia having a clear advantage down the 968m back straight, Zarco's best attempts to pull away from Faubel were in vain and the Spaniard sneaked up the inside into turn one on lap 15. Zarco battled his way back into second at the final corner of lap 16 but the double-apex left hander would be the scene of more chaos on the final lap.

As the home supporters cheered Terol over the line for his eighth win of the year, Faubel made a desperate lunge at the final corner in attempt to beat his teammate's championship rival. The Aprilia was clearly later on the brakes and edged ahead as they tipped into turn 16 but Faubel had actually left his braking too late, and slid off into the gravel.

Zarco avoided contact to take second, missing out on his maiden win once again, while Vinales moved up from a lonely fourth to the final podium position.

Behind the leaders, five riders fought tooth and nail for fifth place, with Faubel's late crash moving them all up a position. Danny Kent and Sandro Cortese led the way heading into the final lap but Efren Vazquez surged up the order from seventh to lead onto the back straight.

Luis Salom was also in the mix and dived up the inside of Vazquez at the final bend to snatch fourth while Cortese put a similar move on Kent to grab sixth. However, due to the yellow flags being shown for Faubel's fall, Salom and Cortese were each docked a position, promoting Vazquez back to fourth and Kent to sixth. Alberto Moncayo also had a prominent role in the race-long scrap but eventually drew the short straw, ending up in eighth.

Adrian Martin and Jonas Folger rounded out the top ten while the final lap chaos promoted Danny Webb to 15th and the final world championship point. Harry Stafford and Taylor Mackenzie couldn't score though after both riders crashed out early on, with Stafford eventually pulling into the pits four laps from home.

 

Gran Premio de Aragón: Race Result (20 Laps):

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Nicolas Terol SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 125cc 40:26.726
2 Johann Zarco FRA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +6.771
3 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing +18.929
4 Efren Vazquez SPA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +27.472
5 Luis Salom* SPA Aprilia RW Racing GP +27.469
6 Danny Kent GBR Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport +27.750
7 Sandro Cortese* GER Aprilia Intact-Racing Team Germany +27.740
8 Alberto Moncayo SPA Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica +27.778
9 Adrian Martin SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 125cc +43.009
10 Jonas Folger GER Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport +49.090
11 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Mahindra Racing +53.876
12 Luigi Morciano ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI +56.395
13 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta +57.513
14 Alessandro Tonucci ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI +1:07.215
15 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Mahindra Racing +1:14.906
16 Sturla Fagerhaug NOR Aprilia WTR-Ten10 Racing +1:31.266
17 Manuel Tatasciore ITA Aprilia Phonica Racing +1:36.871
18 Giulian Pedone SWI Aprilia Phonica Racing +1:40.668
19 Damien Raemy (WC) SWI KTM Caretta Technology +1:58.898
20 Pedro Rodriguez (WC) SPA Aprilia Turismo de Aragon – DVJ +1 Lap
Not Classified
Hector Faubel SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 125cc +1 Lap
Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Derbi AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +2 Laps
Harry Stafford GBR Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta +4 Laps
Josep Rodriguez SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing +9 Laps
Francesco Mauriello ITA Aprilia WTR-Ten10 Racing +13 Laps
Miguel Oliveira POR Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica +13 Laps
  Niklas Ajo FIN Aprilia TT Motion Events Racing +13 Laps
Taylor Mackenzie GBR Aprilia Phonica Racing +14 Laps
Louis Rossi FRA Aprilia Matteoni Racing +15 Laps
  Kevin Hanus (WC) GER Honda Team Hanusch +15 Laps
Alexis Masbou FRA KTM Caretta Technology +16 Laps
Jasper Iwema NED Aprilia Ongetta-Abbink-Metaal +19 Laps
Joan Perello SPA Aprilia Matteoni Racing +20 Laps

*One Place Penalty For Overtaking Under Yellow Flags

Nicolas Terol - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Lap Leaders: Terol (1-20)


 

Riders Championship (After Round 13: Aragon)

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Wins Pts
1 Nicolas Terol SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 125cc 8 241
2 Johann Zarco FRA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo 205
3 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 2 177
4 Sandro Cortese GER Aprilia Intact-Racing Team Germany 1 170
5 Jonas Folger GER Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport 1 130
6 Efren Vazquez SPA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo 127
7 Hector Faubel SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 125cc 1 123
8 Sergio Gadea SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 103
9 Luis Salom SPA Aprilia RW Racing GP 89
10 Danny Kent GBR Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport 68
11 Alberto Moncayo SPA Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica 57
12 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta 56
13 Miguel Oliveira POR Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica 44
14 Adrian Martin SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 125cc 37
15 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Aprilia Phonica Racing 32
16 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Mahindra Racing 23
17 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Derbi AirAsia-Sic-Ajo 20
18 Louis Rossi FRA Aprilia Matteoni Racing 18
19 Taylor Mackenzie GBR Aprilia Phonica Racing 15
20 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Mahindra Racing 15
21 Jasper Iwema NED Aprilia Ongetta-Abbink-Metaal 13
22 Luigi Morciano ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI 12
23 Alexis Masbou FRA KTM Caretta Technology 12
24 Niklas Ajo FIN Aprilia TT Motion Events Racing 11
25 Hiroki Ono JAP KTM Caretta Technology 8
26 Toni Finsterbusch GER KTM Freudenberg Racing Team 4
27 Harry Stafford GBR Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta 3
28 Miroslav Popov CZE Aprilia Ellegi Racing 3
29 Alessandro Tonucci ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI 2
30 John McPhee GBR Aprilia Racing Steps Foundation KRP 1
31 Josep Rodriguez SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 1