Results and summary of the 125cc race at Le Mans:
Pol Espargaro finished up a strong weekend in France by taking victory in the first race of the day at Le Mans. Espargaro did not have the race all his own way, though, Nico Terol getting the jump from the start, but Espargaro catching the Bancaja Aspar rider by the end of the first lap. For most of the race, Espargaro was happy to follow Terol as the Spanish pair pulled out a solid lead over the rest of the field, the Tuenti Derbi rider merely sizing up where Terol was strongest.
At two thirds' distance, Espargaro made the move that had been coming for so long, scything ahead of Terol into the Dunlop Chicane. Terol did not take this well, the Aspar rider diving back to 1st at Garage Vert, but half a lap later, Espargaro was back into the lead at the same place. The pair settled down again, but with two laps to go, the battle kicked off again, with Terol bumping Espargaro wide through the fast Dunlop Curve, Espargaro responding in kind into the Chicane. Terol tried again at the Chemin aux Boeufs, but the pass was so desperate he could not hold it, and Espargaro was in front again through the second of the two corners composing the Esses. That desperate attempt lost Terol too much ground to make up again, and Espargaro ran home to victory, Terol not far behind.
The battle for third followed a similar pattern. Terol's teammate Bradley Smith held on to 3rd for nearly all the race, holding off challenges while the group - consisting at various times of Marc Marquez, Efren Vazquez, Sandro Cortese, Esteve Rabat and Tomoyoshi Koyama - sorted out among themselves who would take Smith on. In the end, Marc Marquez and Efren Vazquez took it to Smith, Marquez first bumping past Vazquez, then taking advantage of a moment from Smith to take 3rd. Smith tried to get back at the Chemin aux Boeufs, pushing extra hard at Garages Bleus, but running wide, allowing Vazquez too as well. Marquez took the final podium spot, ahead of Vazquez, leaving Smith down in 5th.
|24||81||Gregory DI CARLO||HONDA||41'53.349||1|
|72||Marco RAVAIOLI||LAMBRETTA||32'38.975||6 laps|
|51||Riccardo MORETTI||APRILIA||29'14.366||8 laps|
|32||Lorenzo SAVADORI||APRILIA||10'54.765||18 laps|