A breathtaking last lap battle between Hector Faubel (Bankia Aspar), Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) and Maverick Vinales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) in the 125cc race at Sachsenring, Germany, saw Frenchman Zarco make a move on Faubel out of the last corner of the race, crossing the finish line at the exact same time as the Spaniard.
A video finish determined a tie between the two, and Faubel was awarded his first win of the season by virtue of having set a faster lap during the race than Zarco.
A great start by Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) put him in the lead at the start of the 27-lap race, where he was joined by the likes of Luis Salom (RW Racing GP), Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Civica), Efrén Vazquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo), Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar) in an eight-man tussle for the lead. Meanwhile Viñales was pushed down to tenth at the start, giving the youngster who started on pole a tough job to scrap his way back to the front on the tight and twisty Sachsenring circuit.
Fierce racing ensued, with Terol, Vázquez and Gadea swapping the lead and no break in the front eight until Vazquez was forced off at turn one trying to out-brake everyone and ran off the track, taking him out of the lead pack with 11 laps to go. Vazquez later crashed out of the race while pushing hard to catch the leaders.
With ten laps to go, there were still six riders fighting fiercely at the front, with aggressive passing and bumping for position between the leaders. Terol faded from the front on lap 22, and Gadea was dropped shortly after when it appeared he had an issue with the clutch lever of the bike. Meanwhile Viñales had made his way up to Faubel and Zarco, and the three began the struggle for the lead until the photo finish.
Championship leader Terol finally finished in fourth, with Salom and Gadea in fifth and sixth. Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport), who had tried to stay with the frontrunners but fell back halfway through, ended the race seventh, while Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany), Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) and Niklas Ajo (TT Motion Events Racing) completed the top ten positions.
2011 Germany 125cc MotoGP: Sachsenring Results:
|1.||25||55||Hector FAUBEL||SPA||Bankia Aspar Team 125cc||Aprilia||148.8||39’57.979|
|2.||20||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Avant-AirAsia-Ajo||Derbi||148.8||0 Lap|
|3.||16||25||Maverick VIÑALES||SPA||Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing||Aprilia||148.8||+0.272|
|4.||13||18||Nicolas TEROL||SPA||Bankia Aspar Team 125cc||Aprilia||148.7||+1.723|
|5.||11||39||Luis SALOM||SPA||RW Racing GP||Aprilia||148.6||+2.784|
|6.||10||33||Sergio GADEA||SPA||Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing||Aprilia||148.4||+6.786|
|7.||9||94||Jonas FOLGER||GER||Red Bull Ajo MotorSport||Aprilia||148.0||+13.116|
|8.||8||11||Sandro CORTESE||GER||Intact-Racing Team Germany||Aprilia||148.0||+13.414|
|9.||7||52||Danny KENT||GBR||Red Bull Ajo MotorSport||Aprilia||148.0||+13.710|
|10.||6||31||Niklas AJO||FIN||TT Motion Events Racing||Aprilia||147.0||+29.090|
|11.||5||23||Alberto MONCAYO||SPA||Andalucia Banca Civica||Aprilia||147.0||+29.341|
|12.||4||42||Toni FINSTERBUSCH||GER||Freudenberg Racing Team||KTM||146.8||+33.483|
|13.||3||84||Jakub KORNFEIL||CZE||Ongetta-Centro Seta||Aprilia||146.7||+34.357|
|14.||2||99||Danny WEBB||GBR||Mahindra Racing||Mahindra||146.7||+34.405|
|15.||1||53||Jasper IWEMA||NED||Ongetta-Abbink Metaal||Aprilia||146.5||+36.878|
|16.||77||Marcel SCHROTTER||GER||Mahindra Racing||Mahindra||146.2||+43.087|
|17.||15||Simone GROTZKYJ||ITA||Phonica Racing||Aprilia||146.2||+43.123|
|18.||96||Louis ROSSI||FRA||Matteoni Racing||Aprilia||145.6||+52.487|
|19.||3||Luigi MORCIANO||ITA||Team Italia FMI||Aprilia||145.1||+1’01.936|
|20.||30||Giulian PEDONE||SWI||Phonica Racing||Aprilia||144.9||+1’04.494|
|21.||50||Sturla FAGERHAUG||NOR||WTR-Ten10 Racing||Aprilia||144.8||+1’05.804|
|22.||43||Francesco MAURIELLO||ITA||WTR-Ten10 Racing||Aprilia||144.8||+1’05.900|
|23.||36||Joan PERELLO||SPA||Matteoni Racing||Aprilia||143.8||+1’24.205|
|25.||19||Alessandro TONUCCI||ITA||Team Italia FMI||Aprilia||143.6||+1’27.505|
|26.||10||Alexis MASBOU||FRA||Caretta Technology||KTM||143.2||1 Lap|
|27.||78||Felix FORSTENHAEUSLER||GER||Schwaben Racing Team||Honda||142.8||1 Lap|
|26||Adrian MARTIN||SPA||Bankia Aspar Team 125cc||Aprilia||146.8||1 Lap|
|21||Harry STAFFORD||GBR||Ongetta-Centro Seta||Aprilia||146.7||1 Lap|
|41||Luca GRUENWALD||GER||Freudenberg Racing Team||KTM||144.5||4 Laps|
|7||Efren VAZQUEZ||SPA||Avant-AirAsia-Ajo||Derbi||147.7||7 Laps|
|56||Peter SEBESTYEN||HUN||Caretta Technology||KTM||144.1||8 Laps|
|70||Marvin FRITZ||GER||LHF Project Racing||Honda||142.6||19 Laps|
|73||Jack MILLER||AUS||RZT Racing||Aprilia||134.3||24 Laps|
|44||Miguel OLIVEIRA||POR||Andalucia Banca Civica||Aprilia||145.0||25 Laps|
|17||Taylor MACKENZIE||GBR||Phonica Racing||Aprilia||143.0||25 Laps|