125cc: Terol snatches 125cc win from Zarco

Nico Terol extended his 125cc championship lead by denying Johann Zarco a maiden win within sight of the flag at Mugello

125cc: Terol snatches 125cc win from Zarco

The pair had dominated the race and run as one throughout, with Terol - who had hand surgery this week following the crash that forced him to sit out Assen - leading at first after a spectacular start from fifth on the grid.

Terol could not shake Zarco off, and just before half-distance the Frenchman slipped ahead as Terol went slightly wide.

But Terol tucked in behind Zarco and sat there for the rest of the race, confident that he could reclaim the lead whenever he pleased. He waited until the final run down the pits straight to the chequered flag before popping out of Zarco's slipstream and snatching the victory.

Maverick Vinales battled to the front of the next group and fended off Efren Vazquez and Hector Faubel for third.

Jonas Folgar - second in the championship going into this event - charged up from 21st on the grid to seventh only to crash when pushing to get even higher.

Having qualified on the front row, Luis Salom slipped back to sixth in the race, falling away from the podium battle but resisting late pressure from Sergio Gadea and Sandro Cortese.

Results - 20 laps: Pos Rider Team/Bike Time/Gap 1. Nicolas Terol Aspar Aprilia 39m51.815s 2. Johann Zarco Ajo Derbi + 0.167s 3. Maverick Vinales Blusens Aprilia + 8.379s 4. Efren Vazquez Ajo Derbi + 8.491s 5. Hector Faubel Aspar Aprilia + 8.594s 6. Luis Salom RW Aprilia + 22.908s 7. Sergio Gadea Blusens Aprilia + 23.989s 8. Miguel Oliveira Andalucia Aprilia + 40.138s 9. Alberto Moncayo Andalucia Aprilia + 40.767s 10. Jakub Kornfeil Ongetta Aprilia + 41.198s 11. Marcel Schrotter Mahindra + 41.255s 12. Sandro Cortese Germany Aprilia + 43.999s 13. Simone Grotzkyj Phonica Aprilia + 46.172s 14. Jasper Iwema Ongetta Aprilia + 58.976s 15. Danny Kent Ajo Aprilia + 59.725s 16. Alexis Masbou Caretta KTM + 1m00.127s 17. Taylor Mackenzie Phonica Aprilia + 1m00.227s 18. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Ajo Derbi + 1m08.245s 19. Miroslav Popov Ellegi Aprilia + 1m10.593s 20. Alessandro Tonucci Italia FMI Aprilia + 1m13.662s 21. Francesco Mauriello WTR-Ten10 Aprilia + 1m23.949s 22. Niklas Ajo TT Motion Aprilia + 1m38.811s 23. Giulian Pedone Phonica Aprilia + 1m53.144s Retirements: Luigi Morciano Italia FMI Aprilia 19 laps Kevin Calia MGP Aprilia 19 laps Jonas Folger Ajo Aprilia 17 laps Danny Webb Mahindra 9 laps Peter Sebestyen Caretta KTM 9 laps Louis Rossi Matteoni Aprilia 7 laps Joan Perello Matteoni Aprilia 7 laps Sturla Fagerhaug WTR-Ten10 Aprilia 7 laps Massimo Parziani Faenza Aprilia 6 laps Adrian Martin Aspar Aprilia 1 lap Harry Stafford Ongetta Aprilia 1 lap 
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