Results and summary of the 125cc race at Valencia:
Bradley Smith has taken victory in the last 125cc race of the 2010 season, and his final race in the smallest Grand Prix class. Meanwhile, Marc Marquez secured the 2010 125cc title with a mature ride, settling for 4th rather than getting engaged in a tussle for the podium.
Smith shot off the line from the start, but was passed on the way into turn 1 by his Bancaja Aspar rider Nico Terol, the Spaniard determined to seize his final chance at the championship. Terol's eagerness got the better of him, though, running wide into Turn 1 and allowing Smith and then championship rival Marquez past. Terol would not allow Marquez to remain ahead of him for long, and Terol was back to 2nd by the end of the lap.
Unfortunately for Terol, Smith was already starting to pull a gap at the front, a gap that Terol would never close. Smith's lead would not be challenged, and he took the win with a commanding lead at the end.
With Smith gone at the front, Terol concentrated on securing 2nd. The gap the Bancaja Aspar rider pulled over Marquez looked comfortable at first, but slowly but surely Marquez closed down Terol to get on his tail. Marquez was all too aware that he could not afford to get suckered into a stupid mistake, however, and the Red Bull Ajo rider sat comfortably on Terol's tail, secure in the knowledge that 3rd was more than good enough to take the title. Even when Tuenti Derbi's Pol Espargaro closed the gap to Marquez, squeezing past the Red Bull rider and hunting down Terol, Marquez remained calm. Allowing Terol to dice with Espargaro, Marquez cruised home in 4th to become 2010 World Champion with ease.
Terol, meanwhile, was left to deal with Espargaro, but that proved to be too much. Espargaro squeezed past on the penultimate lap, Terol counter-attacking on the last lap, but Espargaro would not be denied. The Tuenti Derbi rider came home in 2nd, leaving Terol the last place on the podium.
|50||Sturla FAGERHAUG||APRILIA||40'19.815||1 lap|
|72||Marco RAVAIOLI||LAMBRETTA||35'29.484||4 laps|
|14||Johann ZARCO||APRILIA||32'53.164||5 laps|
|59||Johnny ROSELL||HONDA||33'47.206||5 laps|
|52||Danny KENT||LAMBRETTA||26'31.248||9 laps|
|69||Louis ROSSI||APRILIA||22'21.284||12 laps|
|94||Jonas FOLGER||APRILIA||17'40.293||14 laps|
|96||Tommaso GABRIELLI||APRILIA||25'37.320||14 laps|
|26||Adrian MARTIN||APRILIA||8'50.051||19 laps|