Valencia 125cc MotoGP: Sunday Results

125cc MotoGP Valencia

Fourth position for Marc Marquez was more than enough for the 17 year-old to be confirmed as the deserved 2010 125cc World Champion after a mature ride from the Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider in the GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana on Sunday.

Victory was taken by Bradley Smith as he won his first race of the season in the final round, cruising across the finish line 2.786 seconds clear in his last 125cc ride before graduating to the Moto2 class next season.

Taking a 17-point lead into the race Marquez knew that a calm and measured approach would be the key to wrapping up his first title, and immediately after the start of the race the order settled.

Smith took the lead, with Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar) – Márquez’s only title rival in the final round – and Márquez following behind.

A poor start from Pol Espargaro (Tuenti Racing) was recovered well by the Spaniard as he slowly climbed back up the order having dropped as low as 11th on the opening lap, and as the race progressed Marquez allowed him through and into third, avoiding any potential mishaps to his title hopes.

With two laps to go Espargaro went through on Terol and the duo swapped positions once again, all the while Smith leading comfortably at the front.

The Brit took the chequered flag almost three seconds clear for his first win of 2010, thus breaking what had stretched to a 26-race winning streak in the category for Spanish riders. Espargaro signed off from the class with second position – his 12th podium of the year – with Terol crossing the line in third.

Marquez, at just over five seconds back, took fourth position to end the year on 310 points having won ten races, taken 12 podiums and 12 poles in the process.

Completing the top ten were Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo), Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX), Tomoyoshi Koyama (Racing Team Germany) – in his 100th GP – Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing), Randy Krummenacher (Stipa-Molenaar Racing) and Luis Salom (Stipa-Molenaar Racing).

Riders suffering final-race disappointment in not finishing included Johann Zarco (WTR San Marino Team) who crashed out, whilst young Brit Danny Kent (Lambretta Reparto Corse) was forced to retire with a mechanical problem. Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol) lost an exhaust towards the end and finished 16th.

2010 125cc MotoGP Valencia Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1. 25 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 142.7 40’25.648
2. 20 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 142.5 +2.786
3. 16 40 Nicolas TEROL SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 142.5 +3.149
4. 13 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 142.2 +8.326
5. 11 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 141.2 +24.375
6. 10 12 Esteve RABAT SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 141.1 +26.743
7. 9 71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 141.1 +26.823
8. 8 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 141.0 +27.634
9. 7 35 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 140.3 +41.211
10. 6 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 140.3 +41.279
11. 5 23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 139.1 +1’02.540
12. 4 78 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 139.0 +1’02.999
13. 3 55 Isaac VIÑALES SPA CBC Corse Aprilia 138.7 +1’08.522
14. 2 15 Simone GROTZKYJ ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 138.7 +1’08.798
15. 1 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 137.8 +1’24.798
16. 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 137.7 +1’27.614
17. 56 Peter SEBESTYEN HUN Ongetta Team Aprilia 137.1 +1’38.939
18. 58 Joan PERELLO SPA SAG Castrol Honda 137.0 +1’39.356
19. 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA Matteoni Racing Aprilia 137.0 +1’40.387
20. 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 136.4 1 Lap
21. 73 Taylor MACKENZIE GBR KRP MMCG Honda 135.9 1 Lap
22. 70 John McPHEE GBR KRP Bradley Smith Racing Honda 135.5 1 Lap
Not Classified
50 Sturla FAGERHAUG NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 137.0 1 Lap
31 Niklas AJO FIN Monlau Competicion Derbi 138.2 3 Laps
72 Marco RAVAIOLI ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 135.4 4 Laps
14 Johann ZARCO FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 138.8 5 Laps
59 Johnny ROSELL SPA SAG Castrol Honda 135.1 5 Laps
52 Danny KENT GBR Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 135.9 9 Laps
69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC Corse Aprilia 129.0 12 Laps
94 Jonas FOLGER GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 136.0 14 Laps
96 Tommaso GABRIELLI ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia 93.8 14 Laps
26 Adrian MARTIN SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 136.0 19 Laps



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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).