2011 125cc GP: Portugal Results


125cc Estoril

Bankia Aspar’s Nicolas Terol continued his perfect start to the 2011 125cc MotoGp season with his third successive win of the 125cc campaign.

The Spaniard dominated at the front in Estoril, Portugal, and led home Sandro Cortese (Intact-Racing Team Germany) and Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo).

Pole sitter Terol become the first rider to win the opening three 125cc GP races since Masao Azuma in 1999. The 22 year old extended his lead in the championship standings to 25 points after securing maximum points from all three rounds and claimed his eighth career victory.

Cortese, who qualified second, continued his run of grid positions in the top two this season and fought with the most experienced rider in the class Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar) through the middle of the race. They led a gaggle of riders for an intense battle including Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) and Zarco. However, Faubel hit the tarmac after crashing with just a few laps remaining, when he was in line for the final spot on the rostrum.

Frenchman Zarco, who achieved his first podium in 125cc at the last round in Jerez, made it two in a row after a photo-finish between him and rookie rider Viñales decided that the Ajo Motorsport rider beat him on the line. The difference between third and fourth was a marginal two-thousandths of a second. Fourth place was the Spaniard’s best result of his debut campaign in 125cc, after narrowly missing the opportunity to stand on the rostrum.

Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) who is now joint third in the championship with Zarco, was fifth, ahead of Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo). Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) who became the first Portuguese rider to start on the front row of a Grand Prix grid, finished in seventh in front of the home crowd in his third race of his rookie season.

Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) was eighth, one spot in front of the second Bankia Aspar bike of Adrián Martín. Tenth went to Simone Grotzkyj (Phonica Racing).

Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) had a ride through penalty for a jump start but came through to finish in 15th and clinch the last point on offer. Kent fought off competition from fellow compatriot, Danny Webb (Mahindra Racing) who had to settle for 16th. The third British rider Harry Stafford (Ongetta-Centro Seta) had a crash towards the latter stages of the race and had to return to the pits. Taylor Mackenzie (Phonica Racing) who qualified 26th after a crash in QP, did not start the race due to a shoulder injury sustained in his fall.

2011 125cc MotoGP: Estoril Portugal Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1. 25 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Bankia Aspar Team 125cc Aprilia 139.5 41’21.986
2. 20 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Intact-Racing Team Germany Aprilia 139.3 +3.671
3. 16 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Avant-AirAsia-Ajo Derbi 139.3 +4.466
4. 13 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Aprilia 139.3 +4.468
5. 11 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Red Bull Ajo MotorSport Aprilia 138.8 +12.140
6. 10 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Avant-AirAsia-Ajo Derbi 138.4 +20.304
7. 9 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Andalucia Banca Civica Aprilia 138.1 +25.905
8. 8 39 Luis SALOM SPA RW Racing GP Aprilia 137.0 +46.316
9. 7 26 Adrian MARTIN SPA Bankia Aspar Team 125cc Aprilia 137.0 +46.395
10. 6 15 Simone GROTZKYJ ITA Phonica Racing Aprilia 136.8 +49.447
11. 5 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL Airasia-Sic-Ajo Derbi 136.7 +51.071
12. 4 33 Sergio GADEA SPA Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Aprilia 136.2 +1’00.365
13. 3 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Ongetta-Centro Seta Aprilia 136.2 +1’00.479
14. 2 31 Niklas AJO FIN TT Motion Events Racing Aprilia 135.6 +1’11.738
15. 1 52 Danny KENT GBR Red Bull Ajo MotorSport Aprilia 135.5 +1’13.752
16. 99 Danny WEBB GBR Mahindra Racing Mahindra 135.4 +1’15.357
17. 76 Hiroki ONO JPN Caretta Technology KTM 135.3 +1’18.155
18. 77 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Mahindra Racing Mahindra 134.7 +1’27.900
19. 30 Giulian PEDONE SWI Phonica Racing Aprilia 134.5 +1’32.623
20. 36 Joan PERELLO SPA Matteoni Racing Aprilia 134.4 +1’35.088
21. 3 Luigi MORCIANO ITA Team Italia FMI Aprilia 133.4 1 Lap
22. 86 Kevin HANUS GER Team Hanusch Honda 129.8 1 Lap
23. 56 Peter SEBESTYEN HUN Caretta Technology KTM 129.2 1 Lap
24. 69 Sarath KUMAR IND WTR-Ten10 Racing Aprilia 127.0 2 Laps
Not Classified
55 Hector FAUBEL SPA Bankia Aspar Team 125cc Aprilia 139.2 4 Laps
21 Harry STAFFORD GBR Ongetta-Centro Seta Aprilia 132.6 5 Laps
53 Jasper IWEMA NED Ongetta-Abbink Metaal Aprilia 134.8 11 Laps
43 Francesco MAURIELLO ITA WTR-Ten10 Racing Aprilia 126.8 15 Laps
96 Louis ROSSI FRA Matteoni Racing Aprilia 133.2 17 Laps
23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Andalucia Banca Civica Aprilia 51.3 19 Laps