2010 Qatar 125cc Race Result - Breakaway Halts Four-Way Dust-Up

Results and summary of the 125cc race at Qatar:

Nico Terol has taken victory in the first race of the 2010 Grand Prix season, after breaking away from a group scrapping for the lead with three laps to go. The Bancaja Aspar rider seemed an unlikely winner, right up until he made his break from the chasing group.

Almost from the start, a group of seven riders broke away, with Red Bull Ajo's Marc Marquez and Tuenti Racing's Efren Vazquez vying for top honors. The pair - swapping the lead almost ever lap, Vazquez passing Marquez on the straight, Marquez coming back on the brakes into Turn 1 - led a pack featuring Terol, Vazquez' teammate Pol Espargaro, Blusens' Tito Rabat, Stipa-Molenaar's Randy Krummenacher and Mitsubishi Ajo's Sandro Cortese. The fight was mainly between Marquez, Vazquez and Espargaro, the battle getting intensely physical at times, with fairings being banged and bikes being barged aside.

With three laps to go, Vazquez, Espargaro and Marquez succeeded in getting in each other's way enough to allow Terol to make a break. From that moment on, Terol's lead was never in danger, the Aspar rider coasting to victory. Behind Terol, Espargaro, Marquez and Vazquez continued their dogfight, places 2, 3 and 4 completely up in the air. Marquez looked to have it in the bag, leading into the final corner. Efren Vazquez tried a last ditch move diving underneath into Turn 16, but running just a fraction wide. Marquez started onto the straight with the merest hint of a lead, but the superior straight line speed of Vazquez' Derbi told in the end, the Tuenti Racing rider just pipping Marquez to the line for 2nd.

After a difficult start to the weekend, Bradley Smith had a tough race. The young Briton lost touch with the front group early, but fought with the following group to retain 8th. Britain's other rider, Andalucia Cajasol's Danny Webb, came home in 11th.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 40 Nicolas TEROL APRILIA 38'25.644  
2 7 Efren VAZQUEZ DERBI 38'28.039 2.395
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ DERBI 38'28.064 2.420
4 44 Pol ESPARGARO DERBI 38'28.484 2.840
5 11 Sandro CORTESE DERBI 38'29.170 3.526
6 35 Randy KRUMMENACHE APRILIA 38'29.213 3.569
7 12 Esteve RABAT APRILIA 38'29.336 3.692
8 38 Bradley SMITH APRILIA 38'39.363 13.719
9 71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA APRILIA 38'39.981 14.337
10 5 Alexis MASBOU APRILIA 38'41.561 15.917
11 99 Danny WEBB APRILIA 38'54.388 28.744
12 14 Johann ZARCO APRILIA 39'01.311 35.667
13 23 Alberto MONCAYO APRILIA 39'02.475 36.831
14 53 Jasper IWEMA APRILIA 39'02.498 36.854
15 94 Jonas FOLGER APRILIA 39'04.543 38.899
16 78 Marcel SCHROTTER HONDA 39'04.635 38.991
17 69 Louis ROSSI APRILIA 39'07.700 42.056
18 50 Sturla FAGERHAUG APRILIA 39'16.995 51.351
19 84 Jakub KORNFEIL APRILIA 39'22.140 56.496
20 26 Adrian MARTIN APRILIA 39'22.394 56.750
21 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN APRILIA 39'47.642 1'21.998
22 87 Luca MARCONI APRILIA 39'57.718 1'32.074
23 80 Quentin JACQUET APRILIA 40'18.486 1'52.842
Not Classified
  72 Marco RAVAIOLI LAMBRETTA 9'03.465 14 laps
  39 Luis SALOM LAMBRETTA 7'27.264 16 laps
Not finished first lap
  32 Lorenzo SAVADORI APRILIA    
Round Number: 
1
2010
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