2011 Valencia 125cc Race Result: Three-Way Battle Settled In Final Laps
Results and summary of the 125cc race at Valencia:
Summary to follow ASAP
Maverick Viñales has taken victory in the last ever 125cc race, holding off challenges from Nico Terol and Hector Faubel. With Terol on the podium and Johann Zarco crashing out in the early laps, Terol has become the final 125cc World Champion, joining Hiroshi Aoyama and Valentino Rossi as the last of the two-stroke era champions.
Polesitter Danny Webb got the holeshot, pulling out a big lead on the first lap, but his advantage would not last long. Hector Faubel soon came charging through, with Sandro Cortese and Maverick Viñales chasing him. The German and the Spaniard could not agree on who would lead the chase, however, allowing Faubel to pull out a sizable gap by the end of lap 8.
Johann Zarco had been in the group with Cortese and Viñales, pushing hard to catch Faubel, but a mistake at Turn 12 saw him lose the front end and crash out of the race, taking his championship hopes with him. Zarco's misfortune seemed to settle Nico Terol's mind, the Bankia Aspar rider finally loosening up and finding some speed again. Terol caught Cortese and Viñales on lap 10, just as spots of rain started to fall, which catching Cortese out and causing him to crash out.
The rain saw Faubel ease up just enough for Terol and Viñales, and a fierce battle for control unfolded. Faubel in control at first, with Viñales taking over later, only to see Nico Terol take over the lead on lap 14. A small mistake four laps later saw Terol give up the lead, and once Viñales was back in the lead, he took charge of the race. Lap by lap he eased open a gap, going on to win the race by a comfortable margin. Terol took back 2nd from his Bankia Aspar teammate Faubel on the penultimate lap, with a little help from a backmarker, wrapping up the 2011 125cc title with a 2nd place finish, Faubel in 3rd.
|21||40||Marco COLANDREA||APRILIA||41'53.491||1 lap|
|22||10||Alexis MASBOU||KTM||42'00.252||1 lap|
|23||86||Kevin HANUS||HONDA||42'05.787||1 lap|
|24||84||Jakub KORNFEIL||APRILIA||42'16.779||1 lap|
|25||63||Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN||DERBI||42'01.106||3 laps|
|17||Taylor MACKENZIE||APRILIA||32'28.398||6 laps|
|14||Brad BINDER||APRILIA||30'45.042||7 laps|
|28||Josep RODRIGUEZ||APRILIA||31'02.335||9 laps|
|11||Sandro CORTESE||APRILIA||19'17.221||13 laps|
|99||Danny WEBB||MAHINDRA||19'37.765||13 laps|
|21||Harry STAFFORD||APRILIA||13'03.701||17 laps|
|8||Jack MILLER||KTM||5'31.279||21 laps|
|5||Johann ZARCO||DERBI||3'40.277||22 laps|
|Finished through pits|