2011 Mugello 125cc Race Result: Race Long Duel Settled In Final Meters

Results and summary of the 125cc race at Mugello:

Nico Terol has returned from injury in style, taking a shrewd victory at the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, passing Johann Zarco on the drag towards the finish line out of the final corner.

Terol had got off the line well, but it was RW Racing's Luis Salom who got the holeshot into San Donato. The young Spaniard's lead would not last long, as first Nico Terol, and then Johann Zarco coming by him, the two combatants from the Barcelona round going on to fight a race long battle for the lead. Terol was the first to lead off, pushing hard to try and break the Frenchman, but Zarco stayed tucked in behind the Bankia Aspar rider, and hounded him round the track.

The situation stayed unchanged for the first half of the race, the two protagonists attempting to out-psych each other, Terol by ratcheting up the pace, Zarco by trailing Terol as much as possible. Terol was the first to crack, running slightly wide into San Donato and letting the Avant Ajo rider past and into the lead. Terol was back on Zarco's tail before the end of the lap, and the roles were reversed for the second half of the lap. Terol's patience was rewarded - helped by much gesturing from team boss Jorge Martinez Aspar from the pit wall - as the championship leader got better drive out of the final corner and onto the front straight. Zarco was helpless to resist, and forced to settle for 2nd.

A similar battle had unfolded for the final spot on the podium. Maverick Viñales, Efren Vazquez and Hector Faubel soon lost touch with the leaders, and spent all race long trying to pressure each other into mistakes. In the end, it was Viñales who held his nerve longest, getting back past Vazquez with a tough move on the brakes into San Donato, then past Faubel over the line with two laps to go, holding on to take another podium in the already impressive career of the Spanish rookie.

With the victory, Terol extends his championship lead once again. Now back from injury, the title is starting to come in sight.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 18 Nicolas TEROL APRILIA 39'51.815  
2 5 Johann ZARCO DERBI 39'51.982 0.167
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES APRILIA 40'00.194 8.379
4 7 Efren VAZQUEZ DERBI 40'00.306 8.491
5 55 Hector FAUBEL APRILIA 40'00.409 8.594
6 39 Luis SALOM APRILIA 40'14.723 22.908
7 33 Sergio GADEA APRILIA 40'15.804 23.989
8 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA APRILIA 40'31.953 40.138
9 23 Alberto MONCAYO APRILIA 40'32.582 40.767
10 84 Jakub KORNFEIL APRILIA 40'33.013 41.198
11 77 Marcel SCHROTTER MAHINDRA 40'33.070 41.255
12 11 Sandro CORTESE APRILIA 40'35.814 43.999
13 15 Simone GROTZKYJ APRILIA 40'37.987 46.172
14 53 Jasper IWEMA APRILIA 40'50.791 58.976
15 52 Danny KENT APRILIA 40'51.540 59.725
16 10 Alexis MASBOU KTM 40'51.942 1'00.127
17 17 Taylor MACKENZIE APRILIA 40'52.042 1'00.227
18 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN DERBI 41'00.060 1'08.245
19 95 Miroslav POPOV APRILIA 41'02.408 1'10.593
20 19 Alessandro TONUCCI APRILIA 41'05.477 1'13.662
21 43 Francesco MAURIELLO APRILIA 41'15.764 1'23.949
22 31 Niklas APRILIA 41'30.626 1'38.811
23 30 Giulian PEDONE APRILIA 41'44.959 1'53.144
Not Classified
  3 Luigi MORCIANO APRILIA 38'47.826 1 lap
  74 Kevin CALIA APRILIA 38'47.873 1 lap
  94 Jonas FOLGER APRILIA 34'17.340 3 laps
  99 Danny WEBB MAHINDRA 18'30.779 11 laps
  56 Peter SEBESTYEN KTM 18'47.176 11 laps
  96 Louis ROSSI APRILIA 14'19.551 13 laps
  36 Joan PERELLO APRILIA 15'07.541 13 laps
  50 Sturla FAGERHAUG APRILIA 15'13.320 13 laps
  88 Massimo PARZIANI APRILIA 12'26.672 14 laps
  26 Adrian MARTIN APRILIA 2'11.115 19 laps
  21 Harry STAFFORD APRILIA 2'13.665 19

 

2011
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