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Folger takes first 125cc victory

Jonas Folger claimed his maiden 125cc victory after winning a battle with Ajo team-mate Johann Zarco in wet conditions at Silverstone.

Championship leader Nico Terol was a subdued eighth, losing his early lead as Folger and Zarco charged towards the front, and then fading as the race progressed.

There was little to choose between Zarco - eager to avenge the win he was denied by a penalty at Catalunya a week ago - and Folger for most of the race, as they escaped from the pack and swapped places on several occasions. But after taking the lead for the last time with four laps to go, Folger was able to pull clear and clinch his first win at world championship level with a 3.8-second margin. It was also the first victory of the season for the Ajo team which dominated with Marc Marquez in 2010.

Poleman Maverick Vinales made a steady start but was soon back up to third and closing on the two leaders, only to crash out.

That allowed Aspar's Hector Faubel to take his first podium since returning to 125cc. Luis Salom and Adrian Martin took career best finishes in fourth and sixth respectively, split by Efren Vazquez.

Further back, four British riders made it home in the points as Danny Kent, Danny Webb, Taylor Mackenzie and John McPhee claimed 10th, 11th, 12th and 15th places.

Results - 17 laps:

Pos  Rider                Team/Bike             Time/Gap
 1.  Jonas Folger         Ajo Aprilia         43m48.862s
 2.  Johann Zarco         Ajo Derbi             + 3.885s
 3.  Hector Faubel        Aspar Aprilia        + 14.951s
 4.  Luis Salom           RW Aprilia           + 17.164s
 5.  Efren Vazquez        Ajo Derbi            + 17.403s
 6.  Adrian Martin        Aspar Aprilia        + 19.236s
 7.  Sandro Cortese       Germany Aprilia      + 21.609s
 8.  Nicolas Terol        Aspar Aprilia        + 25.167s
 9.  Jakub Kornfeil       Ongetta Aprilia      + 32.345s
10.  Danny Kent           Ajo Aprilia          + 32.971s
11.  Danny Webb           Mahindra             + 54.704s
12.  Taylor Mackenzie     Phonica Aprilia    + 1m03.969s
13.  Louis Rossi          Matteoni Aprilia   + 1m35.316s
14.  Alexis Masbou        Caretta KTM        + 1m43.383s
15.  John Mcphee          KRP Aprilia        + 1m45.973s
16.  Niklas Ajo           TT Motion Aprilia  + 1m46.339s
17.  Alberto Moncayo      Andalucia Aprilia  + 1m52.836s
18.  Zulfahmi Khairuddin  Ajo Derbi          + 2m25.969s
19.  Joan Perello         Matteoni Aprilia   + 2m36.732s
20.  Alessandro Tonucci   Italia Aprilia         + 1 lap

Retirements:

     Marcel Schrotter     Mahindra               14 laps
     Sergio Gadea         Blusens Aprilia        12 laps
     Maverick Vinales     Blusens Aprilia        11 laps
     Peter Sebestyen      Caretta KTM            11 laps
     Giulian Pedone       Phonica Aprilia        11 laps
     Simone Grotzkyj      Phonica Aprilia        10 laps
     Jasper Iwema         Ongetta Aprilia        10 laps
     Francesco Mauriello  WTR-Ten10 Aprilia       6 laps
     Sturla Fagerhaug     WTR-Ten10 Aprilia       0 laps
     Harry Stafford       Ongetta Aprilia         0 laps
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