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Valencia Moto2: Terol storms to home victory as Espargaro falls

Nico Terol wins the Valencian Grand Prix ahead of his Aspar team-mate Jordi Torres, while a photo finish was needed for the final podium spot.
By Lisa Lewis

The Moto2 title may have already been decided but Nico Terol still put on a great show to win the Valencian Grand Prix after champion Pol Espargaro crashed out of the lead.

Terol gave the Aspar team plenty to celebrate at their home track, winning at the Ricardo Tormo circuit where turn four is named in his honour.

Starting the race from sixth after a troubled qualifying the Spaniard dominated after Espargaro fell for his third win of the season having also taken victory in Austin and Aragon.

Terol also performed well in Valencia last year where it had brought him his only podium finish in his debut Moto2 season.

Jordi Torres, riding with a hole in his foot after crashing in Japan completed a dream race for Aspar by battling hard to pass Simone Corsi for second and his third podium finish of the season.

Corsi had plenty of clear track behind him but was later caught by a charging Johann Zarco.

The Italian was initially listed as third with an identical time to the Came Iodaracing Project rider, with nothing to visually split them at the finishing line. The photo finish demoted Corsi from the podium and elevated the Frenchman to his second rostrum finish of the year.

Corsi's NGM Mobile racing bike and was the top Speed Up rider behind the all Suter powered podium.

Moto2 champion Pol Espargaro missed out on a home win after ignoring a warning wobble to losing control of his Pons machine at turn eight with 20 laps to go, at the time he was easing away and held a 1.5 second lead.

The Tuenti HP 40 man returned to the track after frantically trying to restart his bike, finishing an eventual 29th.

Espargaro had also crashed during the morning warm-up session where Terol had been fastest.

Further down the order, fifth went to Tito Rabat, who remains third in the championship, ten points behind Scott Redding.

Alex De Angelis rode a controlled race in sixth ahead of Tom Luthi in seventh.

The Swiss rider suffered after choosing to run a different tyre to the rest of the field on his Interwetten bike. Having run as high as second he faded badly, battling in the closing stages with a charging Ant West who was next to cross the stripe in eighth for QMMF.

Mattia Pasini completed a strong day for the Forward racing squad, the third of their riders inside the top ten in ninth.

Dominique Aegerter moves to just one points scoring finish away from the intermediate record with his 33rd consecutive scoring finish in tenth aboard his Technomag carXpert machine.

Julian Simon was the top Italtrans rider in eleventh ahead of his team-mate Taka Nakagami in 13th. Sandwiched between them was Belgian rider Xavier Simeon in 12th.



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