125cc: Talmacsi wins as di Meglio crashes
Reigning 125cc champion Gabor Talmacsi boosted his title chances by winning today's San Marino Grand Prix just as championship leader Mike di Meglio scored no points with a crash
The Hungarian made a perfect start from pole position and together with Briton Bradley Smith immediately opened up a gap to the rest of the field.
The two Aprilia riders exchanged the lead only when Talmacsi outbraked himself on lap 12 of 23, when the chasing pack was over seven seconds behind.
But three laps later the Bancaja Aspar rider overtook his Polaris World rival back, after which Smith was content with his second place and ended up over five seconds behind the winner at the flag.
Aprilia's Simone Corsi took a hard-fought third place after first battling it out with di Meglio, and then with Joan Olive.
The Frenchman diced with the Italian from around lap ten to lap 15, when he crashed on the bumps from third position. On that same lap Stefan Bradl retired with a mechanical problem on his Aprilia.
It was then Olive's turn to fight for the last podium place, but after Corsi overtook the Spaniard on the last lap, the Derbi rider dropped the bike while trying to retake the position. He did manage to rejoin, but could only finish 12th.
Marc Marquez finished fourth with his KTM, ahead of the Aprilias of Nicolas Terol, Andrea Iannone and Simone Cortese.
Di Meglio is still in the lead of the championship, but now the gap has reduced to 28 points over Corsi and 39 over Talmacsi.
CLASSIFIED: Pos Rider Bike Time 1. Gabor Talmacsi Aprilia 40:03.679 2. Bradley Smith Aprilia + 5.402 3. Simone Corsi Aprilia + 14.388 4. Marc Marquez KTM + 17.058 5. Nicolas Terol Aprilia + 17.321 6. Andrea Iannone Aprilia + 17.482 7. Sandro Cortese Aprilia + 17.485 8. D.Agerter Derbi + 18.657 9. Esteve Rabat KTM + 19.148 10. Sergio Gadea Aprilia + 34.650 11. Efren Vazquez Aprilia + 34.855 12. Joan Olive Derbi + 39.394 13. Michael Ranseder Aprilia + 47.304 14. Daniel Webb Aprilia + 53.241 15. Jonas Folger KTM + 53.349 16. Jules Cluzel Loncin +1:01.903 17. Marco Ravaioli Aprilia +1:04.165 18. Tomoyoshi Koyama KTM +1:06.235 19. Takaaki Nakagami Aprilia +1:06.260 20. Robin Lasser Aprilia +1:07.200 21. Gabriele Ferro Honda +1:21.814 22. Bastien Chesaux Aprilia +1:22.521 23. Louis Rossi Honda +1:35.247 24. H.van den Berg Aprilia +1:39.723 25. Luca Vitali Aprilia + 1 Lap 26. R.Krummenacher KTM + 2 Laps NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Rider Bike Laps Mike Di Meglio Derbi 14 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 14 Lorenzo Zanetti KTM 14 Pol Espargaro Derbi 12 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 12 Raffaele De Rosa KTM 10 Alexis Masbou Loncin 6 Gennaro Sabatino Aprilia 6 Pablo Nieto KTM 4 Steve Bonsey Aprilia 3 Scott Redding Aprilia 1 Riccardo Moretti Honda 0 Adrian Martin Aprilia 0 FASTEST LAP: Talmacsi, 1:43.839 on lap 13
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