Results and summary of the 125cc race at Motegi:
Marc Marquez took victory in the first of the day in Japan, cruising to a comfortable victory over Nico Terol. Marquez and Terol got away in the early laps, and the race looked like developing into another race-long duel between the 125cc championship contenders. But on lap 8, Marquez demonstrated just how in control of the situation he was, diving past Terol at the end of the straight to take the lead. From that point on, the Red Bull Ajo rider pulled away, gapping Terol by several tenths a lap, going on to win the race by over two-and-a-half seconds, and pull back 5 valuable points on Terol, reducing his deficit to just 6.
Bradley Smith cruised home in 3rd, 6 seconds behind his Bancaja Aspar teammate, while Pol Espargaro, who was 2nd in the championship going into this race, could only manage to finish 4th, over 18 seconds behind Marquez. Smith was lucky to survive a horrible first-corner incident, which saw Jonas Folger and Efren Vazquez go down, both men sliding very close to the pit wall. Fortunately, both Folger and Vazquez came away relatively unscathed, though Vazquez was transported to a local hospital to be scanned for a suspected concussion.
The result of the Japanese 125cc Grand Prix leaves Terol still leading the championship, but Marquez now moves into 2nd, ahead of Espargaro. But with 13 points separating the top three, this title race looks like going down to the wire.
|52||Danny KENT||LAMBRETTA||22'32.052||9 laps|
|32||Lorenzo SAVADORI||APRILIA||16'46.435||12 laps|
|84||Jakub KORNFEIL||APRILIA||6'48.528||17 laps|
|96||Tommaso GABRIELLI||APRILIA||2'33.768||19 laps|
|Not finished first lap|