125cc: Terol wins rain-shortened Indy race

Nicolas Terol has won the inaugural 125cc Indianapolis Grand Prix, a race shortened by the arrival of rain over the track

125cc: Terol wins rain-shortened Indy race

The Jack & Jones Aprilia rider, sixth on the grid, took the lead on lap ten of the originally-scheduled 23-lap race from fellow Spaniard and pole position man Pol Espargaro.

On lap 14, however, the forecast bad weather hit the track, and the rain flag was shown to the riders. With conditions quickly worsening, Espargaro dived ahead of Terol just before the end of lap 17, to make sure he crossed the line first in case the race ended prematurely.

The red flag was indeed shown just seconds later, but the classification that counted was that at the end of lap 16, giving Terol the victory.

The battle for third was really heating up and promising an exciting finish, but alas it wasn't to be. Kiefer Aprilia's Stefan Bradl thus took the last podium place, with Scott Redding (Blusens Aprilia), Simone Cortese (Emmi Aprilia) and Marc Marquez (Repsol KTM) following.

It was a difficult day for the riders at the top of the championship table.

Leader Mike di Meglio (Ajo Derbi) dropped down to tenth when rain hit the track, second-placed Simone Corsi (Jack & Jones Aprilia) finished seventh, and third-placed reigning champion Gabor Talmacsi (Aspar Aprilia) fought against his injury but had to be content with 14th.

Polaris Aprilia's Bradley Smith ended up seventh after a charge through the field, following ending over the grass in turn two of the first lap and crossing the line in 25th.

CLASSIFIED: Pos Rider Bike Time 1. Nicolas Terol Aprilia 29:51.350 2. Pol Espargaro Derbi + 1.708 3. Stefan Bradl Aprilia + 3.984 4. Scott Redding Aprilia + 4.277 5. Sandro Cortese Aprilia + 4.413 6. Marc Marquez KTM + 4.454 7. Simone Corsi Aprilia + 6.261 8. Bradley Smith Aprilia + 7.782 9. Steve Bonsey Aprilia + 12.035 10. Mike Di Meglio Derbi + 12.251 11. D.Agerter Derbi + 15.465 12. Joan Olive Derbi + 18.312 13. Raffaele De Rosa KTM + 20.137 14. Gabor Talmacsi Aprilia + 24.651 15. Daniel Webb Aprilia + 27.592 16. Jules Cluzel Loncin + 35.432 17. Robin Lasser Aprilia + 37.082 18. Sergio Gadea Aprilia + 38.549 19. Tomoyoshi Koyama KTM + 38.571 20. Efren Vazquez Aprilia + 40.991 21. H.van den Berg Aprilia +1:06.197 22. PJ Jacobsen Aprilia +1:06.327 23. Bastien Chesaux Aprilia +1:07.067 24. Jonas Folger KTM +1:14.709 25. Robert Muresan Aprilia +1:20.413 26. Alexis Masbou Loncin +1:21.880 27. Davide Stirpe KTM +1:22.026 28. Cyril Carrillo Honda +1:22.159 29. Kris Turner Aprilia +2:11.524 NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Rider Bike Laps Lorenzo Zanetti KTM 12 Marco Ravaioli Aprilia 9 Pablo Nieto KTM 8 Michael Ranseder Aprilia 6 Takaaki Nakagami Aprilia 5 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 4 Esteve Rabat KTM 1 FASTEST LAP: Bradl, 1:50.460 on lap 11 
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