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125: Terol takes Indy victory

Nico Terol took advantage of a mistake by 125cc title leader Marc Marquez to take a comfortable victory in Sunday's Indianapolis Grand Prix - and move to within nine points of the world championship lead.

Terol may prove to be closer, or even leading the championship, depending on the outcome of an investigation into Marquez cutting the track.

Marquez had stormed from pole to a 2.6sec lead over Terol by lap 9 of 23, when he was bucked from the seat of his Ajo Red Bull Derbi.

The Spaniard put up a brave fight to stay on but, having dislocated his shoulder last time out in Brno, such a save was difficult and he duly dropped off at low speed.

The 17-year-old then sprung to his feet and remounted, but had dropped to 14th by the end of the lap, while Terol was handed a seven-second lead over Aspar Aprilia team-mate Bradley Smith.

Smith then crashed out of second place after losing the rear on lap 13, while under pressure from Sandro Cortese and Pol Espargaro.

Terol, the early title leader who missed a round after back injuries in Catalunya, went on to take his third victory of the season - and second in a row - by 4.995sec over Marquez's Ajo team-mate Cortese with Espargaro in third for Tuenti Derbi.

Marquez, a five time 2010 winner, carved his way up to fifth by the finish, passing several riders on the very last lap, but he also cut some corners after running wide and is now under investigation by Race Direction.

As the result presently stands, the top three riders in the championship - Marquez, Terol and Espargaro - are covered by ten points heading into next weekend's Misano round.

UPDATE: Marquez was demoted to tenth for cutting the track. He now leads the championship by just four points from Terol and five from Espargaro.

Revised race results - Indianapolis:

1. Terol (Aprilia) 23 laps
2. Cortese (Derbi) +4.995s
3. Espargaro (Derbi) +10.856s
4. Vazquez (Derbi) +15.402s
5. Rabat (Aprilia) +19.912s
6. Webb (Aprilia) +20.093s
7. Krummenacher (Aprilia) +20.702s
8. Moncayo (Aprilia) +26.797s
9. Folger (Aprilia) +27.666s
10. Marquez (Derbi) +39.840s

Smith (Aprilia) DNF

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swimmer - Unregistered

August 29, 2010 6:41 PM

Luck's got nothing to do with it - or favouritism from Aspar. I hate to say it and I wish it wasn't so but Bradley just isn't the best. He's a Tim Henman of 125. Good but not great. He's consistently poor at getting away and then if he's ever dicing with other riders on the last lap you can guarantee he'll be turned over. Aspar will be glad to say goodbye. :rolleyes: - Unregistered

August 29, 2010 6:30 PM

aeolus, What was Marquez to do? Stop the bike (once he missed the esses)? He didn't overtake anyone with that manouevre... He rejoined the track in the same position and at the same distance from the 7th placed rider... Difficult call, but I don't know what Marquez could do (besides NOT making that rider error - I am sure it was not on purpose, because he was so much faster, almost 2 seconds a lap, he didn't do anything other than riding as he was to get to 5th place - it was a rider error).

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