Vinales ends Terol's winning run
|By Matt Beer||Sunday, May 15th 2011, 09:48 GMT|
Maverick Vinales took a superb maiden 125cc victory in only his fourth series start at Le Mans, beating hitherto dominant championship leader Nico Terol in a final-corner shoot-out.
Having been unbeatable so far this year, Terol looked like he was on course for another easy victory at first, but Vinales was able to cling on behind him.
The pair worked together to break away from the pack, allowing each other past on several occasions, before Terol made what he hoped would be the decisive move with four laps to go.
He could not shake off Vinales, though, with the 16-year-old Blusens Aprilia rider all over the back of Terol's Aspar Aprilia around the last lap.
At the final corner, Terol made a slight error and Vinales was able to slice down the inside and win a drag race to the line by just 0.048 seconds.
What began as an eight-bike tussle for third was finally won by Efren Vazquez, the Ajo Derbi rider gaining his first podium of 2011. He broke away from Terol's team-mate Hector Faubel and fellow Ajo man Johann Zarco, with Jonas Folger and Sandro Cortese chasing them home.
Results - 24 laps: Pos Rider Team/Bike Time/Gap 1. Maverick Vinales Blusens Aprilia 42m00.505s 2. Nicolas Terol Aspar Aprilia + 0.048s 3. Efren Vazquez Ajo Derbi + 6.836s 4. Hector Faubel Aspar Aprilia + 8.298s 5. Johann Zarco Ajo Derbi + 8.590s 6. Jonas Folger Ajo Aprilia + 10.236s 7. Sandro Cortese Germany Aprilia + 10.667s 8. Sergio Gadea Blusens Aprilia + 15.642s 9. Miguel Oliveira Andalucia Aprilia + 22.838s 10. Luis Salom RW Aprilia + 30.901s 11. Alberto Moncayo Andalucia Aprilia + 33.796s 12. Simone Grotzkyj Phonica Aprilia + 34.413s 13. Louis Rossi Matteoni Aprilia + 34.696s 14. Adrian Martin Aspar Aprilia + 41.236s 15. Alexis Masbou WTR-Ten10 Aprilia + 56.943s 16. Hiroki Ono Caretta KTM + 57.409s 17. Danny Kent Ajo Aprilia + 57.763s 18. Jasper Iwema Ongetta Aprilia + 57.823s 19. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Ajo Derbi + 57.884s 20. Luigi Morciano Italia Aprilia + 1m02.089s 21. Jakub Kornfeil Ongetta Aprilia + 1m02.713s 22. Taylor Mackenzie Phonica Aprilia + 1m25.418s 23. Giulian Pedone Phonica Aprilia + 1m42.498s 24. Francesco Mauriello WTR-Ten10 Aprilia + 1m43.885s 25. Peter Sebestyen Caretta KTM + 1m44.903s 26. Alessandro Tonucci Italia Aprilia + 1m45.356s 27. Kevin Szalai MVT Aprilia + 1 lap 28. Kevin Thobois RMS Honda + 1 lap Retirements: Joan Perello Matteoni Aprilia 20 laps Danny Webb Mahindra 17 laps Marcel Schrotter Mahindra 17 laps Harry Stafford Ongetta Aprilia 13 laps Niklas Ajo TT Motion Aprilia 3 laps