Marquez takes hard-earned 125cc win
|By Matt Beer||Sunday, June 20th 2010, 14:16 GMT|
Marc Marquez took his second consecutive 125cc win after winning a ferocious late battle with Pol Espargaro at Silverstone.
The two Spaniards escaped from their rivals early on and ran in cagey formation until the closing stages, when after many laps of running nose to tail without trying to pass each other, they erupted into a no-holds-barred tussle that saw side to side contact on at least two occasions and half a dozen changes of lead.
Espargaro led into the new section of track for the final time, but Marquez slipped through at Village corner. It was not over yet though, as Espargaro tucked in behind his rival on the Wellington straight and dived to the inside into Brooklands.
He took the lead, but could not make the corner, hitting a bump and almost crashing. As the bike slid away from him, Espargaro managed to steady it with his elbow and go straight on over the run-off area, rejoining still second as Marquez took the chequered flag.
A similarly huge battle decided third place, which Bradley Smith eventually took - as his first podium of 2010 finally came on home ground. He had been dicing with his Aspar team-mate Nico Terol and Tuenti's Efren Vazquez, but when the latter pair tangled at Abbey on the last lap, Smith was handed the podium.
The incident happened when Terol clipped the rear of Vazquez's bike as the latter completed a pass, sending Terol wide and Vazquez flying through the air - although he rejoined to take 11th.
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap 1. Marc Marquez Derbi 38m12.837s 2. Pol Espargaro Derbi + 2.576s 3. Bradley Smith Aprilia + 13.446s 4. Nicolas Terol Aprilia + 17.117s 5. Tomoyoshi Koyama Aprilia + 35.641s 6. Sandro Cortese Derbi + 39.184s 7. Randy Krummenacher Aprilia + 39.258s 8. Johann Zarco Aprilia + 39.949s 9. Esteve Rabat Aprilia + 40.510s 10. Daniel Webb Aprilia + 50.287s 11. Efren Vazquez Derbi + 1m03.503s 12. Alberto Moncayo Aprilia + 1m04.065s 13. Jasper Iwema Aprilia + 1m07.148s 14. Simone Grotzki Giorgi Aprilia + 1m07.591s 15. Jonas Folger Aprilia + 1m07.601s 16. Adrian Martin Aprilia + 1m08.045s 17. Marcel Schrotter Honda + 1m12.472s 18. Sturla Fagerhaug Aprilia + 1m16.933s 19. Louis Rossi Aprilia + 1m38.139s 20. Jakub Kornfeil Aprilia + 1m41.224s 21. Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia + 1m41.416s 22. Michael van der Mark Lambretta + 1m42.313s 23. Luca Marconi Aprilia + 1m42.642s 24. Deane Brown Honda + 1 lap Retirements: Taylor Mackenzie Honda 16 laps Muhammad Zulfahmi Aprilia 11 laps Danny Kent Honda 11 laps James Lodge Honda 8 laps Alexis Masbou Aprilia 5 laps Luis Salom Aprilia 4 laps Marco Ravaioli Lambretta 4 laps