Terol Hoping To Mark Century With French Victory

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Nicolas Terol will look to continue his 100% record this season in what will be his 100th Grand Prix start at Le Mans this weekend.

The Bankia Aspar rider has justified his status as pre-season favourite with three crushing victories. The only blot on his copybook was being beaten to pole position at Jerez. That is not to say that this year's 125cc World Championship has been anything other than exciting, with a fierce battle to be best of the rest.

Sandro Cortese leads the chasing pack, 25 points behind Terol and like the championship leader, has yet to qualify outside the top two so far this year. A costly fall in Spain kept him off the podium but the IntactRacing Team Germany rider returned to form with a strong second two weeks ago.

Johann Zarco was just behind him in third and that is reflected in the championship standings. The Frenchman has made the step up to join the frontrunners this year and will hope to translate home field advantage into a third straight podium at Le Mans.

Jonas Folger is level on points with Zarco with his highlight a mature ride to second place at Jerez. Encouragingly for the young German, that equals his best ever Grand Prix result which came at this very race two years ago.

Efren Vazquez is also in the mix after three top-ten finishes. The Spaniard has been unable to join teammate Zarco on the podium yet and will have to start soon if he is to harbour any hopes of a title challenge.

As is so often the case in the 125s, a number of rookies are providing viewers with fireworks aplenty, none more so than Maverick Viñales. The 16-year-old came within 0.002s of a maiden podium in grand prix racing after an electrifying battle with Zarco and Hector Faubel.

The PevBlusensSMXParisHilton youngster has proven more than a match for his experienced teammate Sergio Gadea who has yet to build on his podium finish in Qatar. The two are level on 20 points after three events.

Miguel Oliveira is another rookie to have caught the eye. The Portuguese teenager delighted his home crowd by qualifying on the front row at Estoril before finishing seventh in the race and will be out to impress again this weekend.

The British youngsters have also made bright starts to their grand prix careers. Danny Kent defied his limited experience by finishing fourth in treacherous conditions at Jerez and scored points on Portugal despite a ride through penalty. If the Chippenham rider can execute a clean weekend he will be surely be challenging for points again.

Taylor Mackenzie also starred in Jerez, finishing an incredible fifth in just his fourth grand prix. The 18 year old from Stirling will be delighted just to be competing this weekend after missing the Portuguese Grand Prix with a damaged shoulder as a result of a qualifying crash.

Danny Webb continues to make progress on the brand new Mahindra machine and will look to claim his first points of the season after narrowly missing out in Portugal while Harry Stafford will also have his eye on the top 15 after a competitive showing two weeks ago.

The 125cc class will get the weekend's entertainment underway at 08:15 BST on Friday morning with FP1, and The Checkered Flag will have full coverage throughout the weekend.

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