2009 Brno 125cc Race Result - Last Lap Challenge Held Off Comfortably

Result and summary of the 125cc race at Brno:

Nicolas Terol won the first race of the day at Brno, after leading almost from start to finish. Terol got away from the line well, though polesitter Andrea Iannone got into turn 1 ahead of him, but Terol was quickly back past and into the lead. Bradley Smith quickly closed up the gap to the leading pair, but pushing just a little too hard on the first lap saw the British rider nearly highsided off on the last corner, dropping him 4 places and out of touch with the leaders. With Smith gone, his team mate and championship leader Julian Simon took advantage to close the gap and run down the leading duo.

With Terol, Iannone and Simon starting to escape, Smith tried to organize the pursuit behind them, but the following group was too large to impose any discipline on, and by the time Smith had dealt with the squabbling of Sergio Gadea, Efren Vazquez, Pol Espargaro and Sandro Cortese, the trio of leaders were too far gone and too fast for Smith to catch them.

Terol, Iannone and Simon were clear to fight over victory. Terol led commandingly for most of the race, Iannone only briefly passing the Spaniard. But Julian Simon and Andrea Iannone were spending too much time scrapping over 2nd to trouble Terol's lead. With 6 laps to go, the battle with Simon had taken too much out of Iannone's tires, and the Italian quickly dropped away. Victory would go to either Terol or Simon.

As leader in the championship and more experienced of the two, Simon had to be the favorite, but a brilliant piece of passing through some backmarkers on lap 15 saw Terol put two riders between himself and Simon as the pair entered the final esses of turns 13 and 14 and get a gap as Simon had to wait until turn 1 to get clear again. Simon quickly caught up, but the added complications of passing backmarkers were starting to take their toll. On the last lap, Simon mounted a final push, but Terol held him off easily, going on to take his second ever victory, and his first win in the dry.

Simon came home in 2nd, but was happy enough to have extended his championship lead, while Iannone finished a lonely 3rd, ahead of Bradley Smith an equally lonely 4th. The battle for 5th had been the most intense of the race, a big group squabbling over it. Pol Espargaro eventually came out on top of that fight, ahead of Sandro Cortese, Stefan Bradl, Marc Marquez, Sergo Gadea, Joan Olive and Johann Zarco. Gadea, with a 9th place finish, gave up a lot of points in the title chase to the top 4.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 18 Nicolas TEROL APRILIA 40'57.378  
2 60 Julian SIMON APRILIA 40'57.546 0.168
3 29 Andrea IANNONE APRILIA 41'06.097 8.719
4 38 Bradley SMITH APRILIA 41'09.821 12.443
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO DERBI 41'13.384 16.006
6 11 Sandro CORTESE DERBI 41'13.444 16.066
7 17 Stefan BRADL APRILIA 41'14.483 17.105
8 93 Marc MARQUEZ KTM 41'14.580 17.202
9 33 Sergio GADEA APRILIA 41'14.601 17.223
10 6 Joan OLIVE DERBI 41'14.622 17.244
11 14 Johann ZARCO APRILIA 41'14.996 17.618
12 94 Jonas FOLGER APRILIA 41'19.355 21.977
13 78 Marcel SCHROTTER HONDA 41'31.865 34.487
14 7 Efren VAZQUEZ DERBI 41'31.890 34.512
15 45 Scott REDDING APRILIA 41'38.936 41.558
16 99 Danny WEBB APRILIA 41'40.476 43.098
17 35 Randy KRUMMENACHE APRILIA 41'40.499 43.121
18 77 Dominique AEGERTER DERBI 41'40.542 43.164
19 73 Takaaki NAKAGAMI APRILIA 41'40.831 43.453
20 88 Michael RANSEDER APRILIA 41'41.295 43.917
21 71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA LONCIN 41'48.088 50.710
22 61 Luigi MORCIANO APRILIA 42'07.354 1'09.976
23 62 Alessandro TONUCCI APRILIA 42'08.011 1'10.633
24 5 Alexis MASBOU LONCIN 42'32.385 1'35.007
25 10 Luca VITALI APRILIA 42'36.863 1'39.485
26 87 Luca MARCONI APRILIA 42'37.117 1'39.739
27 86 Karel PESEK DERBI 42'37.397 1'40.019
28 68 Ivan VISAK HONDA 41'32.489 1 lap
29 67 Ladislav CHMELIK HONDA 41'32.937 1 lap
30 69 Lukas SEMBERA APRILIA 42'49.752 1 lap
Not Classified
  24 Simone CORSI APRILIA 26'38.065 7 laps
  32 Lorenzo SAVADORI APRILIA 17'42.265 11 laps
  12 Esteve RABAT APRILIA 15'18.341 12 laps
  39 Luis SALOM APRILIA 11'06.193 14 laps
  53 Jasper IWEMA HONDA 2'21.286 18 laps
  8 Lorenzo ZANETTI APRILIA 2'21.435 18 laps
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