18-year-old German Stefan Bradl has taken his first ever 125cc victory after rising to the top of a closely contested Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno.

The Grizzly Gas Kiefer Racing competitor, son of former grand prix rider Helmut, reached the front of an eleven-rider lead group by the halfway stage of the 19 laps - then pushed hard to gradually break clear of his nearest rivals.

World championship leader Mike di Meglio got the better of Gabor Talmacsi and Joan Olive to wrap-up the runner-up position, while Hungarian superstar Talmacsi saw a podium finish at his 'home' event snatched from his grasp by Olive.

Nicolas Terol collected a safe fifth, while Bradley Smith dropped to sixth position after leading on the opening lap.

In the world championship standings, di Meglio has now pulled 44 points clear of Simone Corsi, who finished in tenth position at Brno.

Race results - Brno:

1. Bradl (Aprilia)
2. di Meglio (Derbi) +0.881secs
3. Olive (Derbi) +4.070secs
4. Talmacsi (Aprilia) +4.118secs
5. Terol (Aprilia) +7.048secs
6. Smith (Aprilia) +9.334secs
7. Cortese (Aprilia) +12.813secs
8. Espargaro (Derbi) +16.491secs
9. Iannone (Aprilia) +17.637secs
10. Corsi (Aprilia) +17.855secs

11. Redding (Aprilia) +18.964secs
Webb (Aprilia) DNF

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Hooray and up (s)he rises, early in the morning!
Take''im and shake''im and try an'' wake ''im - young Stefan Bradl is
such a talented rider-good to see him on the top of the rostrum in
his first full time season after nearly retiring from the GP-
Circus - but getting the chance to show his talent in the last years
CEV Moto to be crowned spanish champion in front of scott redding
and responding the trust by good results on the blue-sens-Aprilia at the end
of the last season! He´s the german future star next to Max Neukirchner
to represent german world level racing even in MotoGP-if there would
be more well paying sponsors in germany who accept that 2W-racing
is the most thrilling sport! peejay