2011 Misano 125cc Race Result: Moment Of Madness Sees Certain Victory Lost

Results and summary of the 125cc race at Misano:

Nico Terol has struck an important mental blow in the 125cc championship race by winning the race at Misano, snatching victory from Johann Zarco after the Frenchman made a stupid mistake when leading out of the final corner and on the run to the line.

Zarco had pole - his second of the season, both secured in Italy - but had no benefit from it, getting caught up in traffic from the line. It was Terol who rocketed into the lead at the start, already having a comfortable lead after the first chicane. The lead had grown to nearly a second by the end of the first few laps, but it would not stand for long.

Zarco and Efren Vazquez had Danny Kent and Sandro Cortese ahead of them, but quickly worked their way past the Briton and the German, Vazquez profiting from Zarco's forceful attitude. Once past, they latched onto the back of Terol, but the pace that Terol was posting proved too much for Vazquez, the Avant-AirAsia-Ajo rider dropping off the back of his teammate Zarco and Bankia Aspar's Terol.

From that point, a classic duel unfolded, with Zarco playing a waiting game while Terol led. With six laps to go, Zarco stepped up the pressure, poking his nose ahead of Terol around turns 12 and 13, and then again at the penultimate left hander at Turn 15. Zarco took the lead on lap 18, but immediately lost it to the Spaniard, before making a more convincing move at Rio to take the lead. Terol could now only follow. 

Zarco appeared to have the race in hand, but the first signs of what would decide the race came on lap 20, when Zarco had a very long look back at Terol, losing ground in the process. The Frenchman did the same over the line on the penultimate lap, allowing Terol to come past him easily. Zarco took back the lead at Rio once again, and looked to be in charge, holding off challenges down the back straight with ease. Terol tried one last desperate lunge at Carro, diving inside Zarco, but Zarco held his line and forced Terol back to retake the lead. Zarco had a clear advantage both going into and coming out of the final corner, then inexplicably turned round to see where Terol was and try to block him if he tried to pass. In doing so, he lost much of his momentum and a huge amount of speed, allowing Terol to blast past him over the line and take victory. It was a stupid rookie mistake, denying Zarco of victory for the third time this year.

The victory means that Terol extends his championship lead to 31 points with just 5 races left in the season. Zarco's ill-advised look to the rear means that he is now 10 points further behind than he could have been, and will require some help if he is to win the championship this year. Terol now just needs to ensure he finishes directly behind Zarco for the rest of the season, and the title is his.


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 18 Nicolas TEROL APRILIA 40'02.164  
2 5 Johann ZARCO DERBI 40'02.186 0.022
3 7 Efren VAZQUEZ DERBI 40'07.096 4.932
4 11 Sandro CORTESE APRILIA 40'11.486 9.322
5 55 Hector FAUBEL APRILIA 40'12.128 9.964
6 52 Danny KENT APRILIA 40'14.264 12.100
7 25 Maverick VIÑALES APRILIA 40'14.488 12.324
8 33 Sergio GADEA APRILIA 40'14.720 12.556
9 94 Jonas FOLGER APRILIA 40'23.653 21.489
10 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA APRILIA 40'32.842 30.678
11 23 Alberto MONCAYO APRILIA 40'33.485 31.321
12 84 Jakub KORNFEIL APRILIA 40'33.716 31.552
13 95 Miroslav POPOV APRILIA 40'34.801 32.637
14 3 Luigi MORCIANO APRILIA 40'54.706 52.542
15 77 Marcel SCHROTTER MAHINDRA 40'56.014 53.850
16 74 Kevin CALIA APRILIA 40'56.081 53.917
17 19 Alessandro TONUCCI APRILIA 41'00.906 58.742
18 60 Manuel TATASCIORE APRILIA 41'05.887 1'03.723
19 27 Alessandro GIORGI APRILIA 41'06.277 1'04.113
20 10 Alexis MASBOU KTM 41'07.120 1'04.956
21 99 Danny WEBB MAHINDRA 41'10.959 1'08.795
22 17 Taylor MACKENZIE APRILIA 41'11.010 1'08.846
23 30 Giulian PEDONE APRILIA 41'19.883 1'17.719
24 8 Jack MILLER KTM 41'20.916 1'18.752
25 36 Joan PERELLO APRILIA 41'39.114 1'36.950
26 26 Adrian MARTIN APRILIA 41'07.711 2
27 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN DERBI 40'28.067 3
Not Classified
  50 Sturla FAGERHAUG APRILIA 30'56.579 6 laps
  53 Jasper IWEMA APRILIA 17'56.255 13 laps
  88 Massimo PARZIANI APRILIA 18'17.197 13 laps
  39 Luis SALOM APRILIA 12'31.833 16 laps
  43 Francesco MAURIELLO APRILIA 5'35.257 20 laps
  96 Louis ROSSI APRILIA    


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Sic might not be the most cerebral rider, but it's hard for me not to cheer the guy on. Zarco, on the other hand just seems to get me angry. His mistakes can't be written off as 'mental lapses'. They are simply idiotic. I hope I am wrong and maybe his gesticulating towards the finish line were a fit of uncontrollable myoclonus or seizure. Otherwise, he doesn't deserve to be in the same sentence as Sic.

Zarco doesn't seem very bright! Some gutsy racing then he throws it away at the end.

having just watched the replay of this race. I figured it would be faster than watching the interviews as far as figuring out just what the hell happened. I thought for sure Zarco missed a gear or something, and his arm waiving was just frustration coming out.

What I'm hearing here, though, is that he just totally choked for no reason!? There was no mechanical issue that caused him to essentially give away a win!? Wow.

Lastly, this might not be the right place for this question, but I've been noticing all season that there's this weird beeping noise that happens a lot whenever the cameras are near the pit lane area. Hadn't really noticed it before this season. What is that beeping? For instance, when the 125 podium finishers are pulling their bikes into parc ferme it goes off like a dozen times.

...but I think you might be talking about a safety alarm that goes off to indicate that bikes are entering/leaving pitlane.

At least that's what I think it is.

I watched that race and felt cheated. Zarco!! You're robbing me of my sanity! His team must be livid. Ah, never mind, Terol is never going to lose this championship, but it would be great to actually see a real competition.

were fine, imho. There is a long history of riders in the smaller classes not wanting to lead into the final lap and doing everything possible to avoid it. The most spectacular I can remember was Rossi doing a length of straight stand-up wheelie to persuade Harada to pass him on the 250. Conversely, there was Nakano who tried to simply ride away from Jacque at PI and lost the championship when OJ slipstreamed past.

But once through the last corner... doh.

that Zarco was pulling a classic early-touchdown-victory and forgot his physics lessons, and that allowed an aerodynamic (ie not waving around creating drag like an IDIOT) Terol to breeze past.

What a clown. Hopefully this will teach Zarco a lesson to stop the cocky wannabe-mind-game BS and just race. That finishing straight move was nothing but grandstanding, just like when he brought his fist to his visor down the back straight a few laps before.

[and I wanted zarco to beat Terol!!!]