2010 Valencia 125cc Race Result - Easy Win In Season Finale

Results and summary of the 125cc race at Valencia:

Bradley Smith has taken victory in the last 125cc race of the 2010 season, and his final race in the smallest Grand Prix class. Meanwhile, Marc Marquez secured the 2010 125cc title with a mature ride, settling for 4th rather than getting engaged in a tussle for the podium.

Smith shot off the line from the start, but was passed on the way into turn 1 by his Bancaja Aspar rider Nico Terol, the Spaniard determined to seize his final chance at the championship. Terol's eagerness got the better of him, though, running wide into Turn 1 and allowing Smith and then championship rival Marquez past. Terol would not allow Marquez to remain ahead of him for long, and Terol was back to 2nd by the end of the lap.

Unfortunately for Terol, Smith was already starting to pull a gap at the front, a gap that Terol would never close. Smith's lead would not be challenged, and he took the win with a commanding lead at the end. 

With Smith gone at the front, Terol concentrated on securing 2nd. The gap the Bancaja Aspar rider pulled over Marquez looked comfortable at first, but slowly but surely Marquez closed down Terol to get on his tail. Marquez was all too aware that he could not afford to get suckered into a stupid mistake, however, and the Red Bull Ajo rider sat comfortably on Terol's tail, secure in the knowledge that 3rd was more than good enough to take the title. Even when Tuenti Derbi's Pol Espargaro closed the gap to Marquez, squeezing past the Red Bull rider and hunting down Terol, Marquez remained calm. Allowing Terol to dice with Espargaro, Marquez cruised home in 4th to become 2010 World Champion with ease. 

Terol, meanwhile, was left to deal with Espargaro, but that proved to be too much. Espargaro squeezed past on the penultimate lap, Terol counter-attacking on the last lap, but Espargaro would not be denied. The Tuenti Derbi rider came home in 2nd, leaving Terol the last place on the podium.


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 38 Bradley SMITH APRILIA 40'25.648  
2 44 Pol ESPARGARO DERBI 40'28.434 2.786
3 40 Nicolas TEROL APRILIA 40'28.797 3.149
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ DERBI 40'33.974 8.326
5 11 Sandro CORTESE DERBI 40'50.023 24.375
6 12 Esteve RABAT APRILIA 40'52.391 26.743
7 71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA APRILIA 40'52.471 26.823
8 7 Efren VAZQUEZ DERBI 40'53.282 27.634
9 35 Randy KRUMMENACHE APRILIA 41'06.859 41.211
10 39 Luis SALOM APRILIA 41'06.927 41.279
11 23 Alberto MONCAYO APRILIA 41'28.188 1'02.540
12 78 Marcel SCHROTTER HONDA 41'28.647 1'02.999
13 55 Isaac VIÑALES APRILIA 41'34.170 1'08.522
14 15 Simone GROTZKYJ APRILIA 41'34.446 1'08.798
15 84 Jakub KORNFEIL APRILIA 41'50.446 1'24.798
16 99 Danny WEBB APRILIA 41'53.262 1'27.614
17 56 Peter SEBESTYEN APRILIA 42'04.587 1'38.939
18 58 Joan PERELLO HONDA 42'05.004 1'39.356
19 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI APRILIA 42'06.035 1'40.387
20 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN APRILIA 40'31.240 1
21 73 Taylor MACKENZIE HONDA 40'39.965 1
22 70 John McPHEE HONDA 40'46.807 1
Not Classified
  50 Sturla FAGERHAUG APRILIA 40'19.815 1 lap
  31 Niklas DERBI 36'30.328 3 laps
  72 Marco RAVAIOLI LAMBRETTA 35'29.484 4 laps
  14 Johann ZARCO APRILIA 32'53.164 5 laps
  59 Johnny ROSELL HONDA 33'47.206 5 laps
  52 Danny KENT LAMBRETTA 26'31.248 9 laps
  69 Louis ROSSI APRILIA 22'21.284 12 laps
  94 Jonas FOLGER APRILIA 17'40.293 14 laps
  96 Tommaso GABRIELLI APRILIA 25'37.320 14 laps
  26 Adrian MARTIN APRILIA 8'50.051 19 laps
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Congrat's to Marquez, who DEFINITELY was the class of the field! If he wouldn't have been taken out a few races ago, this thing would have been done a race or two ago. Anyone know if he'll be staying in 'Moto 3', or moving to Moto 2?

Moto3 starts in 2012, not nexr season. And Marquez is heading to Moto2. 17 years old, the second youngest 125 world champion in history (after Capirex), he's already graduating to the intermediate category, he could well arrive very young in MotoGP.