125cc: Gadea wins 125cc thriller at Assen
Sergio Gadea clinched his first 125cc victory of the season after a thrilling last lap battle with Nicolas Terol and Julian Simon at Assen
Gadea was at the tail of the scrap between the trio of Spaniards going onto the final lap, but Terol's attempt to wrestle the lead from Simon half way around the lap delayed both and allowed Gadea to capitalise.
Terol rejoined the circuit just as Gadea swiped across the front of his bike into the lead, and had just enough of an advantage to survive the run to the line out of the final chicane. Simon also rejoined and was close behind in third.
Bradley Smith and Andrea Iannone had broken away with the lead trio in the early stages, but five bikes for the lead became three five laps in.
Initially, just Terol and Simon broke away at the front, while Gadea was holding up Iannone and Smith. But the latter pair were too busy fighting each other to make an attempt to pass Gadea, who was able to set off in pursuit of his countrymen.
Terol led most of the race, with Simon and Gadea taking it in turns to heap on the pressure while all three waited for the all-important last lap.
Smith and Iannone exchanged fourth place lap after lap but it was Smith that squeezed ahead out of the last corner to claim the spot by just 0.044s.
Things were no less frantic behind as Stefan Bradl led the battle for sixth, holding Pol Espargaro, Joan Olive, Simone Corsi, Jonas Folger and Marc Marquez at bay after pole-sitter Sandro Cortese crashed out of seventh place on the fourth lap.
That battle also came to a head at the final chicane as Olive ran off the road while challenging Espargaro. Bradl made it home first in sixth, with Folger seventh and Corsi eighth ahead of Espargaro, Marquez and Olive.
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap 1. Sergio Gadea Aprilia 39m07.577s 2. Nicolas Terol Aprilia + 0.078s 3. Julian Simon Aprilia + 0.901s 4. Bradley Smith Aprilia + 12.356s 5. Andrea Iannone Aprilia + 12.400s 6. Stefan Bradl Aprilia + 20.468s 7. Jonas Folger Aprilia + 20.755s 8. Simone Corsi Aprilia + 21.263s 9. Pol Espargaro Derbi + 21.558s 10. Marc Marquez KTM + 21.941s 11. Joan Olive Derbi + 23.605s 12. Efren Vazquez Derbi + 28.406s 13. Dominique Aegerter Derbi +1m00.312s 14. Marvin Fritz Honda +1m00.355s 15. Lorenzo Zanetti Aprilia +1m00.615s 16. Luis Salom Aprilia +1m00.629s 17. Takaaki Nakagami Aprilia +1m00.997s 18. Michael van der Mark Honda +1m01.030s 19. Jasper Iwema Honda +1m08.795s 20. Lukas Sembera Aprilia +1m09.076s 21. Johann Zarco Aprilia +1m14.817s 22. Karel Pesek Derbi +1m30.729s 23. Luca Marconi Aprilia +1m46.244s 24. Pepijn Bijsterbosch Honda + 1 lap 25. Luca Vitali Aprilia + 1 lap Retirements: Esteve Rabat Aprilia 11 laps Tomoyoshi Koyama Loncin 9 laps Cameron Beaubier KTM 5 laps Sandro Cortese Derbi 4 laps Randy Krummenacher Aprilia 1 lap Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1 lap Scott Redding Aprilia 1 lap Alexis Masbou Loncin 1 lap Danny Webb Aprilia 0 laps
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