125cc: Talmacsi scores comfortable win
2007 world champion Gabor Talmacsi took a comfortable victory in the 125cc race at the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang
The Hungarian moved into the lead at the start, and despite some early pressure from Andrea Iannone, never looked like being beaten as he opened a gap over the rest of the field, winning by three seconds.
Iannone's early pace proved to be costly for him in the end, slipping to tenth by the end of the race. Instead, it was Bradley Smith who was the only rider who looked like being any threat to Talmacsi in the closing laps, moving into third early in the race before taking second just before half-distance, but unable to catch the winner.
The battle for third was hot throughout the race, Smith involved in the early laps, Iannone later in the race, along with Stefan Bradl, Simone Corsi, Pol Espargaro and Sandro Cortese. Bradl's hopes ended when he was forced to retire at two-thirds distance.
In the closing laps the group was whittled down to a battle between di Meglio, Corsi and Cortese, the trio entering the final lap in that order.
And so it stayed until the final corner, when Corsi and Cortese both passed di Meglio, Corsi taking the final podium place ahead of Cortese as the 2008 world champion fell from third to fifth.
CLASSIFIED: Pos Rider Bike Time 1. Gabor Talmacsi Aprilia 43:00.716 2. Bradley Smith Aprilia + 3.416 3. Simone Corsi Aprilia + 6.896 4. Sandro Cortese Aprilia + 6.925 5. Mike di Meglio Derbi + 7.115 6. Pol Espargaro Derbi + 15.122 7. Joan Olive Derbi + 21.805 8. Dominique Aegerter Derbi + 21.869 9. Nicolas Terol Aprilia + 21.958 10. Andrea Iannone Aprilia + 23.615 11. Tomoyoshi Koyama KTM + 23.651 12. Sergio Gadea Aprilia + 35.224 13. Lorenzo Zanetti KTM + 40.502 14. Pablo Nieto KTM + 51.404 15. Adrian Martin Aprilia + 55.726 16. Jules Cluzel Loncin + 56.537 17. Jonas Folger KTM +1:07.140 18. Marco Ravaioli Aprilia +1:07.573 19. Randy Krummenacher KTM +1:07.741 20. Robin Lasser Aprilia +1:08.849 21. Bastien Chesaux Aprilia +1:46.609 22. Robert Muresan Aprilia + 1 lap NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Rider Bike Laps Esteve Rabat KTM 17 Stevie Bonsey Aprilia 12 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 11 Scott Redding Aprilia 11 Hugo van den Berg Aprilia 11 Raffaele de Rosa KTM 8 Danny Webb Aprilia 8 Enrique Jerez KTM 8 Alexis Masbou Loncin 6
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