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125: Terol wins at Brno

Nicolas Terol has taken his first victory of the season, and the second of his grand prix career, with a commanding performance in Sunday's 125cc Czech Republic Grand Prix,

Terol overhauled pole sitter Andrea Iannone at turn one, and the top two were soon setting a pace that only world championship leader Julian Simon was capable of matching.

By lap 5 of 19 the trio were already four seconds clear of fourth placed Bradley Smith, who had lost ground after a near highside whilst holding third on the opening lap.

Terol led the majority of the race with Simon and Iannone in close pursuit - until Iannone suddenly began losing ground with five laps to go.

Despite some awkwardly placed backmarkers, Simon began the last lap just 0.224sec behind Terol, but - wary of his commanding championship position - didn't force the issue and a wheel perfect Terol victory by 0.168sec for the Jack & Jones Aprilia team. Iannone confirmed third for Ongetta Aprilia.

Simon, who began the event 50 points clear of Aspar Aprilia team-mate Sergio Gadea, is now 54.5 points ahead of new nearest rival Terol.

Fellow Aspar rider Smith, 5.5 points down on Gadea at the start of the race, shook off his pursuers to spend much of the race in a lonely fourth place, and remains third in the championship (62.5 points from Simon).

Gadea was locked in the midst of an eight-man fight for fifth. The Spaniard steadily fought his way through the pack, but lost out on the last lap and crossed the line in ninth. Gadea has now slumped to fourth in the championship, but just 0.5 points behind Smith.

Race results - Brno:

1. Terol (Aprilia)
2. Simon (Aprilia) +0.168sec
3. Iannone (Aprilia) +8.719sec
4. Smith (Aprilia) +12.443sec
5. Espargaro (Derbi) +16.008sec
6. Cortese (Derbi) +16.066sec
7. Bradl (Aprilia) +17.105sec
8. Marquez (KTM) +17.202sec
9. Gadea (Aprilia) +17.223sec
10. Olive (Derbi) +17.244sec

15. Redding (Aprilia) +41.558sec
16. Webb (Aprilia) +43.098sec

Tagged as: Brno , Nicolas Terol , 125

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Nick Hodgins

August 16, 2009 6:24 PM
Last Edited 1952 days ago

@I love the RAIN not ok, i've read a lot of your comments about Bradley and thought that they were valid opinions, although I didn't agree with them, but I think you're just taking the piss now. every single topic about the 125's has you posting a message saying Brad isn't doing enough to justify his ride, what about Gadea? he did very little with the ride last year and is hardly outshining Brad this year, yet he never gets a mention in your posts. I may be reading too much into this but I really do get the impression that you're intent on putting Brad down as much as possible at every given oppourtunity. Simon's got 4 years experience on Brad, give the guy some credit ffs

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