Results and summary of the 125cc race at Jerez:
Nico Terol has taken his second straight win of the season by keeping his head cool while all around him, others were losing theirs.
The cause of the confusion was, unsurprisingly, the track conditions. The track started out damp, but a bout of heavier rain at the two-thirds mark threw a spanner into the works of the leaders, and those who followed. Terol got away cleanly at the start, building up a gap of over three seconds in the first few laps, but he was soon hunted down by his teammate Hector Faubel.
The pair diced for a while until it started to rain more heavily, then the Bankia Aspar teammates agreed an uneasy truce. That lasted as long as the last couple of laps, when Terol seized back the lead he had granted to Faubel previously. The red mist descended for Faubel, and he attacked to take the lead back again. A little too aggressively, as it happened, Faubel crashing out, then slipping over once again as he tried to restart his bike with the help of the marshalls. Terol went on to take a very comfortable victory, while Faubel limped home in 11th.
The chase for 3rd place - which eventually became 2nd and 3rd when Faubel crashed out - was highly entertaining for the first half of the race, where Miguel Oliveira, Johann Zarco and Efren Vazquez swapped paint from lap to lap. Such fairing-banging action was always going to end in tears, the first victim being the Portuguese rookie Oliveira. His place was taken by Jonas Folger, the Red Bull Ajo rider having a reputation for performing well in the wet.
As the race got wetter, Folger came into his own, barging his way past the group fighting for third to secure his spot on the podium. Once Faubel crashed out, that became 2nd, with a comfortable lead to the 3rd. That honor went in the end to the Frenchman Johann Zarco, who had kept his head coolest among the rest of the pack, Vazquez crashing out late in the race. Behind Zarco, two British riders took 4th and 5th, Danny Kent finishing ahead of Taylor Mackenzie. The result is a vindication of the Red Bull Rookies class, with four of the top 5 all graduates of the program.
|20||3||Luigi MORCIANO||APRILIA||45'03.283||1 lap|
|21||34||Daniel RUIZ||HONDA||45'04.752||1 lap|
|22||12||Daniel KARTHEININGER||KTM||45'18.245||1 lap|
|23||36||Joan PERELLO||APRILIA||45'28.547||1 lap|
|24||86||Kevin HANUS||HONDA||45'07.173||2 laps|
|25||Maverick VIÑALES||APRILIA||29'30.451||8 laps|
|33||Sergio GADEA||APRILIA||29'41.139||8 laps|
|53||Jasper IWEMA||APRILIA||30'16.224||8 laps|
|43||Francesco MAURIELLO||APRILIA||26'24.778||10 laps|
|99||Danny WEBB||MAHINDRA||20'04.714||13 laps|
|39||Luis SALOM||APRILIA||17'47.854||14 laps|
|30||Giulian PEDONE||APRILIA||17'54.217||15 laps|
|44||Miguel OLIVEIRA||APRILIA||9'55.494||18 laps|