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.
|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|