Race and summary of the 125cc race at Mugello:
Marc Marquez took his first ever victory in 125s, winning the first race of the day at Mugello after a fierce four-way battle. The Red Bull Ajo rider capitalized on a good start, gaining a couple of places off the line, to enter the first corner in 4th. But Bancaja Aspar's Nico Terol had been strongest, streaking away from the start and into the first corner in the lead, ahead of Tuenti Derbi's Efren Vazquez and Avant Ajo's Sandro Cortese. Vazquez' teammate Espargaro elbowed his way forward over the first lap and a half, and by the end of the second lap - after Cortese had gone down in Poggio Secco - Terol and Espargaro had taken a serious lead.
Over the next few laps the race looked like settling into the usual pattern of the past couple of contests, with Terol leading Espargaro, with a big gap back to Aspar's Bradley Smith and Marc Marquez, who were scrapping over 3rd. But once Marquez settled that fight in his favor, the pair chased down the leaders with 6 laps. The group, consisting of Terol, Espargaro, Marquez and Smith coalesced, and the battle was on.
The tussle was to last for the rest of the race, with the lead swapping continuously, and no clear contender emerging. Smith, Marquez and Espargaro took their turns early on, until Bradley Smith took charge on lap 14. Smith looked to have the situation well under control, holding Marquez off on the brakes for lap after lap, as the Spaniard shot past along the front straight. But as the race neared its climax, the Briton came under more pressure, with Terol and Espargaro starting to close as well.
As the pack entered San Donato on lap 19, Smith got the worst of it, with all three of his rivals coming past along the straight, leaving Smith no room to hold the rest of them off on the brakes, as he had done so imperiously all race long. Marquez had snatched the lead into turn 1, but Espargaro was past by the time they were ready to start the final lap.
Crossing the line, Marquez took control, dispatching Espargaro comfortably, helped by Terol sliding past the Tuenti Derbi rider as well. Marquez controlled the race for that final lap, never allowing anyone to get close enough to challenge, taking victory at the line, ahead of Terol and Espargaro, leaving Bradley Smith with empty hands in 4th.
Behind Smith, Efren Vazquez took 5th from Randy Krummenacher on the last lap, with Esteve Rabat not far behind.
|23||Alberto MONCAYO||APRILIA||32'31.521||4 laps|
|92||Luigi MORCIANO||APRILIA||32'32.296||4 laps|
|69||Louis ROSSI||APRILIA||28'28.913||6 laps|
|50||Sturla FAGERHAUG||APRILIA||24'35.279||8 laps|
|11||Sandro CORTESE||DERBI||14'29.030||13 laps|
|32||Lorenzo SAVADORI||APRILIA||8'25.319||16 laps|
|96||Tommaso GABRIELLI||APRILIA||6'19.587||17 laps|
|72||Marco RAVAIOLI||LAMBRETTA||6'27.882||17 laps|
|87||Luca MARCONI||APRILIA||2'13.096||19 laps|