2011 Jerez 125cc Race Result: Treacherous Conditions See Errors Decide Race

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.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 18 Nicolas TEROL APRILIA 44'50.646  
2 94 Jonas FOLGER APRILIA 45'08.092 17.446
3 5 Johann ZARCO DERBI 45'14.601 23.955
4 52 Danny KENT APRILIA 45'23.529 32.883
5 17 Taylor MACKENZIE APRILIA 45'25.359 34.713
6 11 Sandro CORTESE APRILIA 45'42.161 51.515
7 84 Jakub KORNFEIL APRILIA 45'45.566 54.920
8 76 Hiroki KTM 45'50.810 1'00.164
9 7 Efren VAZQUEZ DERBI 45'50.932 1'00.286
10 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN DERBI 45'51.045 1'00.399
11 55 Hector FAUBEL APRILIA 45'51.406 1'00.760
12 26 Adrian MARTIN APRILIA 45'58.385 1'07.739
13 77 Marcel SCHROTTER MAHINDRA 46'10.356 1'19.710
14 96 Louis ROSSI APRILIA 46'12.458 1'21.812
15 28 Josep RODRIGUEZ APRILIA 46'13.764 1'23.118
16 23 Alberto MONCAYO APRILIA 46'14.686 1'24.040
17 15 Simone GROTZKYJ APRILIA 46'21.256 1'30.610
18 21 Harry STAFFORD APRILIA 46'21.598 1'30.952
19 19 Alessandro TONUCCI APRILIA 46'46.000 1'55.354
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
Not Classified
  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
  31 Niklas APRILIA 4'14.009 21 laps

 

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