2010 Mugello 125cc FP1 Result - Espargaro And Terol Battle For Supremacy

The first practice session of the day, run under sunny skies and in balmy conditions, kicked up most of the usual names at the top of the timesheets. As ever, it was Tuenti Derbi's Pol Espargaro who ended the day fastest, though he had to work for it, Bancaja Aspar's Nico Terol pushing his fellow Spaniard hard for the result. The two men finished just under six hundredths of a second apart.

The difference between 1st and 2nd underscored just how big the gaps are in the rest of the field. Bradley Smith finished practice in 3rd, over six tenths behind Espargaro, while Efren Vazquez was another two tenths behind Smith. Stipa Molenaar's Randy Krummenacher built on his strong start to the season by finishing in 5th, on exactly the same time as Vazquez. Marc Marquez in 6th was the last man inside a second of Espargaro, while Jonas Folger was the last of the riders less than two seconds behind Espargaro, in 10th place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 44 Pol ESPARGARO DERBI 1'59.373    
2 40 Nicolas TEROL APRILIA 1'59.431 0.058 0.058
3 38 Bradley SMITH APRILIA 2'00.023 0.650 0.592
4 7 Efren VAZQUEZ DERBI 2'00.218 0.845 0.195
5 35 Randy KRUMMENACHER APRILIA 2'00.218 0.845 0.000
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ DERBI 2'00.234 0.861 0.016
7 12 Esteve RABAT APRILIA 2'00.395 1.022 0.161
8 11 Sandro CORTESE DERBI 2'00.425 1.052 0.030
9 71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA APRILIA 2'00.558 1.185 0.133
10 94 Jonas FOLGER APRILIA 2'01.297 1.924 0.739
11 14 Johann ZARCO APRILIA 2'01.409 2.036 0.112
12 5 Alexis MASBOU APRILIA 2'01.445 2.072 0.036
13 99 Danny WEBB APRILIA 2'01.538 2.165 0.093
14 23 Alberto MONCAYO APRILIA 2'01.610 2.237 0.072
15 39 Luis SALOM APRILIA 2'01.705 2.332 0.095
16 92 Luigi MORCIANO APRILIA 2'01.908 2.535 0.203
17 95 Alessandro TONUCCI APRILIA 2'02.246 2.873 0.338
18 53 Jasper IWEMA APRILIA 2'02.513 3.140 0.267
19 26 Adrian MARTIN APRILIA 2'02.544 3.171 0.031
20 50 Sturla FAGERHAUG APRILIA 2'02.664 3.291 0.120
21 97 Armando PONTONE APRILIA 2'02.763 3.390 0.099
22 78 Marcel SCHROTTER HONDA 2'02.981 3.608 0.218
23 51 Riccardo MORETTI APRILIA 2'03.585 4.212 0.604
24 69 Louis ROSSI APRILIA 2'03.795 4.422 0.210
25 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI APRILIA 2'03.868 4.495 0.073
26 84 Jakub KORNFEIL APRILIA 2'04.199 4.826 0.331
27 15 Simone GROTZKYJ APRILIA 2'04.595 5.222 0.396
28 87 Luca MARCONI APRILIA 2'04.760 5.387 0.165
29 96 Tommaso GABRIELLI APRILIA 2'04.803 5.430 0.043
30 98 Mattia TAROZZI APRILIA 2'04.811 5.438 0.008
31 60 Michael VAN DER MARK LAMBRETTA 2'04.950 5.577 0.139
32 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN APRILIA 2'05.396 6.023 0.446
33 72 Marco RAVAIOLI LAMBRETTA 2'07.050 7.677 1.654
Round Number: 
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2010
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I think these top 2 guys maybe should be in Moto 2. They both been in 125's for a few years now. But the 2 of them have been having some good races though.

Total votes: 55

I think that it shouldn't be anyone's business when a rider changes classes (not saying you shouldn't think so but just the idea of a rider 'moving up'). They've become default 'feeder' classes, but I think that is just an artificial construct that has depreciated the smaller displacement classes. The age limit imposed a few years ago was sad. The 125 grid would be bigger if the 125 specialists were allowed to remain. I don't think it would diminish younger riders participation and success. It didn't stop Rossi, Capirossi or Pedrosa from winning 125 championships at a young age.

Total votes: 49

If you were a team manager and needed a rider for moto2, would you look at the 125 class where the bikes are so different and increasingly less valid as a feeder or would you look at SS600 and maybe CEV moto2 riders on very similar machines..?

Bradley Smith, who I'm happy to see nearer the top of the sheets so far this weekend, was runner up in 125s last year and for whatever reason decided to stay for the 5th consecutive year..If he wins the title for Aspar he'll get a moto2 ticket with them, same as Simon..but if he's say 4th in the standings or worse, what are his options..?
It's been said, although I don't believe it, that he wasn't offered a moto2 ride for this year..and that's in a 40 strong, brand new series as its 'feeder class' runner up. Ezpeleta has talked about reducing numbers in moto2 next year, plus there are a lot more riders around with relevant experience.
I hope I'm wrong with regard to Bradleys career prospects but I'd like to know who he is taking advice from..

Overall it doesn't bode well for 125 pilots outside the top 3 come seasons end who don't have a Spanish passport.

Total votes: 59