Estoril 125cc MotoGP: Portugal Results

Portuguese 125cc GP

Marc Marquez opened up a 17-point lead at the top of the 125cc World Championship over Nico Terol with just a single round remaining thanks to his tenth win of the season at Estoril on Sunday, which came in amazing circumstances at the bwin Grande Premio de Portugal.

Finishing ahead of title rivals Terol (who placed second) and Pol Espargaró (tenth), the Red Bull Ajo Motorsport 125cc rider came from the back of the grid to record what will be looked back upon as one the definitive performances of his fledgling career.

The original race was red flagged with 16 laps remaining as rain began to fall, and with the leading four being Terol, Marquez, Smith and Espargaró at the time that was determined as the starting grid for the rescheduled nine-lap race, which was declared wet.

Just when it appeared the drama and pressure could not intensify a crash for Marquez on the sighting lap added to the already tense atmosphere, and unable to retake his place on the starting grid in time the 17 year-old was relegated to the back of the 16 other riders who re-started the second part of the race.

That did little to hinder him as he rose to fourth position immediately and before long he was hunting down Terol. The Bancaja Aspar rider’s team-mate Bradley Smith did his best to aid his colleague, but after what he had been through Márquez was in no mood to be held back and overtook the Brit to set up a showdown with Terol.

On the final 125cc lap the pair swapped the lead a number of times, Marquez eventually getting his nose in front and crossing the line 0.150s ahead of Terol, with Smith taking third place. Jonas Folger (Team Ongetta), Luis Salom (Stipa-Molenaar Racing) and Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Cajasol) completed the top six with Espargaró’s title hopes ended after he finished tenth, a gamble from his Tuenti Racing team on putting wet tires on his Derbi machine failing to pay off. Brit Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol) placed ninth.

In the original 125cc race crashes on the opening lap resulted in a fractured left collarbone for Luca Marconi (Team Ongetta) and an injury to the right shoulder for Jasper Iwema (CBC Corse). Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo), Adrián Martín (Team Aeroport de Castelló), Danny Kent (Lambretta Reparto Corse), Louis Rossi (CBC Corse), Simone Grotzkyj (Fontana Racing) and Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) all experienced crashes that meant they were unable to re-start the second part of the race.

Marquez is still on course to equal Valentino Rossi’s 125cc record of the most victories in a single season (11 in 1997).

2010 Estoril 125cc: Portugal Results

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1. 25 40 Nicolas TEROL SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 136.8 11’00.392
2. 20 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 136.8 +0.038
3. 16 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 135.8 +4.566
4. 13 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 133.0 +18.603
5. 11 23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 132.8 +19.647
6. 10 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 132.6 +21.036
7. 9 35 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 132.1 +23.457
8. 8 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 131.9 +24.366
9. 7 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 130.7 +30.860
10. 6 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 129.4 +37.799
11. 5 95 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 128.2 +44.269
12. 4 92 Luigi MORCIANO ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 126.7 +52.685
13. 3 37 Robin BARBOSA FRA H43/Hernandez Racing Aprilia 126.7 +52.796
14. 2 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 125.7 +58.006
15. 1 15 Simone GROTZKYJ ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 123.4 +1’11.695
16.   7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 121.8 +1’20.970
Not Classified
    12 Esteve RABAT SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 132.0 2 Laps
    26 Adrian MARTIN SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 89.5 3 Laps
    78 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 129.0 4 Laps
    50 Sturla FAGERHAUG NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 126.9 4 Laps
    14 Johann ZARCO FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 120.7 4 Laps
    71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 45.0 4 Laps
    11 Sandro CORTESE GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 126.4 5 Laps
    52 Danny KENT GBR Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 123.7 5 Laps
    69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC Corse Aprilia 123.3 5 Laps
Not Starting
    53 Jasper IWEMA NED CBC Corse Aprilia   0 Lap
    87 Luca MARCONI ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia   0 Lap
    32 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA Matteoni Racing Aprilia   0 Lap