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125: Terol on top at Estoril

Nico Terol fastest during Friday practice for the Portuguese 125cc Grand Prix at Estoril.
Nico Terol kept his grip on the 125cc World Championship by leading both of Friday's free practice sessions for the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril

Terol, who leads the championship by 19 points over Jonas Folger after victory in both races so far, was over one-second quicker than Johann Zarco in the morning session - then put his Aspar Aprilia 0.708sec clear of Sandro Cortese in the afternoon.

Cortese, second and sixth in the 2011 races to date, was the only person within one-second of Terol this afternoon, with Zarco third for Ajo Derbi and Terol's team-mate Hector Faubel in fourth.

Folger was seventh for Ajo Aprilia with team-mate Danny Kent the top Brit in eighth.

Friday practice (2) - Estoril:

1. Terol (Aprilia) 1m 46.385s
2. Cortese (Aprilia) +0.708s
3. Zarco (Derbi) +1.064s
4. Faubel (Aprilia) +1.111s
5. Oliveira (Aprilia) +1.625s
6. Moncayo (Aprilia) +1.865s
7. Folger (Aprilia) +1.884s
8. Kent (Aprilia) +1.956s
9. Salom (Aprilia) +2.022s
10. Martin (Aprilia) +2.147s

16. Webb (Mahindra) +3.221s
23. Stafford (Aprilia) +4.218s
24. Mackenzie (Aprilia) +4.239s

Tagged as: 125 , Estoril , Nico Terol

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Plaggie - Unregistered

April 30, 2011 12:30 AM

All last years contenders have gone to Moto2 (Espargaro, Marquez en Smith) and I think Terol should have gone as well. You can't really blame him for another try, but he's just head and shoulder above the rest of the field. There are some promising talents, but at the moment they lack experience to challenge Terol.

MM - Unregistered

April 30, 2011 4:51 AM

There are still contenders from last year such as Vasquez and Cortese, plus Faubel back from Moto2. Besides, a lot of the interest for me is in watching the development of potential future MotoGP stars, (such as Vinales). Much of a rider's dominance is down to their bike anyway. If you're not on a factory Aprilia RSA, (whether it has Derbi stickers on it or not), you've got virtually no chance of winning, except perhaps in the wet. Riders like Kent are really getting the most out of their customer bikes. It will be interesting to see if the Moto3 class changes this, but even with spec engines, not all Suters in Moto2 are equal.

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