Results and summary of the 125cc race at Assen:
Maverick Viñales has taken his second victory of his rookie season, after a thrilling battle at Assen was cut short by rain. The flowing southern loop of the circuit - which retains echoes of this once glorious track - created a fantastic set of battles, with the front 8 riders splintering into groups, then clumping together again, no rider gaining a clear advantage from the start.
Viñales took off from pole to an early lead, but in the run up to the fastest corner of the circuit, the fabulous left-hander of the Ramshoek, Johann Zarco and Efren Vazquez shot past on either side, bumping Viñales back into 3rd ahead of Luis Salom. Sergio Gadea joined in the fun on the next lap, shooting past Zarco and Vazquez, only to lose out again and see Salom climb back up to 2nd, while Viñales got shuffled back down the pack.
Once the field sorted itself out, a group of 8 riders found themselves scrapping for the lead. Gadea, Zarco, Vazquez and Salom had a small gap to Jonas Folger, Sandro Cortese, Viñales and Danny Kent. That gap lasted a few laps, before the 8 came together then split again with a different group in the lead.
As the race went on, the field sorted itself out, with Viñales, Gadea, Cortese and Zarco leading, while the others remained close behind. But spots of rain started falling as the laps ticked off, never enough to wet the track properly, but enough to confuse the situation a little. It was Viñales who used that situation to maximum advantage: while Gadea and Cortese looked at each other and raised their hands, calling for the race to be stopped, the 16-year-old rookie kept pushing on, showing neither fear nor favor of the rain.
The hesitation was enough for Viñales to pull a gap, and take charge of the race. While others hesitated behind him, Viñales charged until Race Direction red-flagged the race after the rain got harder, taking the second win of the young Spaniard's career. RW Racing's Luis Salom also capitalized on the prevarication of the two veterans. Salom shot past the Gadea and Cortese, with only Gadea capable of following, then Salom hung on to take second, just holding off the charging Gadea.
The absence of Terol - the championship leader snapped a tendon in his little finger, and flew back to Barcelona for surgery to fix it - turned out not to be too costly for the title leader. The 2nd place man Jonas Folger only managed to snag 8th, leaving Terol still with a 27-point lead going in to Mugello. Terol's absence, did improve the racing, however, with a large group suddenly contesting victory. This was a classic example of what 125cc racing should be like.
|28||75||Thomas VAN LEEUWEN||HONDA||26'14.550||1'10.403|
|29||67||Jerry VAN D EBUNT||HONDA||26'26.275||1'22.128|
|33||26||Adrian MARTIN||APRILIA||25'44.249||3 laps|
|53||Jasper IWEMA||APRILIA||22'40.512||2 laps|
|31||Niklas AJO||APRILIA||8'34.745||11 laps|