Terol Leads Aspar 1-2 In Season Finale At Valencia


Nicolas Terol led home teammate Jordi Torres for an Aspar 1-2 at his and the team’s home Grand Prix at Valencia. Newly crowned champion Pol Espargaro crashed out of a commanding lead on lap eight and Terol was the chief beneficiary as the former 125cc champion took his third win of the year on a circuit with a corner named in his honour.

Espargaro started the race in true champion’s style by romping into a one second lead over Simone Corsi but Terol had designs on the Forward Racing rider’s second place and on lap three, the Aspar rider dived past into turn two. Espargaro had fallen at that corner in morning warm-up and you would have thought the new champion had heeded the warning but with the race in the palm of his hands, Pol carried too much speed into turn six and lost the front end of his Pons Kalex.

Terol had been presented with the lead and with Corsi slipping into the clutches of Torres, no-one would deny Nicolas from winning on home soil. Corsi’s race slowly dropped downhill though with Torres chasing him down at three quarters of a second per lap before barging past at turn four on lap 22. Simone would still have settled for the consolation prize of a podium spot but a fast-finishing Johann Zarco caught him on the last lap and after outbraking the Italian at the very last corner, Johann had just enough to steal the final piece of silverware by 0.001s.

Esteve Rabat couldn’t make up for the misfortune of his teammate and finished his final race for the Pons squad in fifth with Alex De Angelis sixth ahead of Thomas Luthi who will look back on a season which was destroyed at this very circuit when he broke his arm in pre-season testing. Anthony West pipped Mattia Pasini to eighth while Dominique Aegerter completed his record of scoring points in every race this season with tenth position.

Scott Redding raced his heart out on his final Moto2 appearance, keen to pay tribute to his Marc VDS squad but his injuries took their toll, restricting him to a single point in fifteenth. Despite that, the Briton clinched the runner-up spot in the championship and was welcomed back to his garage by a champagne shower from his mechanics in recognition of his superb efforts.

As for the champion, Pol Espargaro remounted after his costly crash and entertained his fans with a wheelie the length of the start/finish straight as he completed his championship campaign, albeit in 29th place.