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Espargaro scores maiden win at Indy

Pol Espargaro has taken his maiden victory in an exciting 125cc Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The Derbi rider, who started the 23-lap race from fourth, took the lead from fellow Spaniard Nicolas Terol (Jack&Jones Aprilia) on the penultimate lap and resisted the challenge from Aspar Aprilia's Bradley Smith.

The Briton, along with Fontana Aprilia's Simone Corsi, shot ahead of Terol on the last lap and despite then setting the fastest lap of the race, he had to be content to finish second ahead of the Italian and 12 hundredths behind Espargaro.

Smith's team-mate Julian Simon made a woeful start from pole and dropped down to tenth, but within three laps he was among the leading group in fifth position. The championship leader, too, tried to overtake Terol on the last lap but failed, so he had to settle for fifth.

KTM's Marc Marquez took sixth ahead of Stefan Bradl (Kiefer Aprilia), Joan Olive (Derbi), Takaaki Nakagami (Ongetta Aprilia) and Dominique Aegerter (Ajo Derbi).

Efren Vazquez looked able to stay with the leading pack but was handed a ride-through penalty for jump starting with his Derbi while running sixth.

Sandro Cortese dropped his Ajo Derbi on the first lap, while Esteve Rabat (Blusens Aprilia) and Johann Zarco (WTR Aprilia) crashed together on lap 18.

One lap later Randy Krummenacher lost control on the kerb at the start of the main straight, making his DeGraaf Aprilia crash and end up dangerously stranded on the racing line. It was thankfully avoided by the following riders.


Pos  Rider             Bike     Time
 1.  Pol Espargaro     Derbi    42m07.925s
 2.  Bradley Smith     Aprilia  +   0.120s
 3.  Simone Corsi      Aprilia  +   0.448s
 4.  Nicolas Terol     Aprilia  +   1.613s
 5.  Julian Simon      Aprilia  +   1.801s
 6.  Marc Marquez      KTM      +  19.345s
 7.  Stefan Bradl      Aprilia  +  19.358s
 8.  Joan Olive        Derbi    +  25.611s
 9.  Takaaki Nakagami  Aprilia  +  29.240s
10.  D.Agerter         Derbi    +  29.707s
11.  Daniel Webb       Aprilia  +  30.464s
12.  Jonas Folger      Aprilia  +  44.460s
13.  Luis Salom        Aprilia  +  44.549s
14.  Tomoyoshi Koyama  Loncin   +  45.328s
15.  Sergio Gadea      Aprilia  +  45.435s
16.  Michael Ranseder  Aprilia  +  45.479s
17.  Lorenzo Zanetti   Aprilia  +  45.998s
18.  Sandro Cortese    Derbi    +  53.791s
19.  Cameron Beaubier  KTM      +1m01.179s
20.  Esteve Rabat      Aprilia  +1m02.814s
21.  Efren Vazquez     Derbi    +1m14.891s
22.  Lukas Sembera     Aprilia  +1m16.320s
23.  Johann Zarco      Aprilia  +1m31.218s
24.  Luca Marconi      Aprilia  +1m31.569s
25.  Luca Vitali       Aprilia  +1m51.274s


     Rider             Bike     On lap
     Andrea Iannone    Aprilia    20
     R.Krummenacher    Aprilia    17
     Scott Redding     Aprilia    11
     Alexis Masbou     Loncin      7
     Ben Young         Aprilia     3
     Lorenzo Savadori  Aprilia     3
     Miles Thornton    Aprilia     1

FASTEST LAP: Smith, 1m49.039s on lap 23
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