Nico Terol becomes last ever 125cc champion as Maverick Vinales wins Valencia race

Nico Terol became the last ever 125cc world champion in the category's farewell race at Valencia, which was won by Maverick Vinales

Nico Terol becomes last ever 125cc champion as Maverick Vinales wins Valencia race

Terol came into the race - the last before 125cc is replaced by the new Moto3 championship - with a 20-point lead over rival Johann Zarco, so only needed an 11th place finish to clinch the crown.

Having only qualified ninth in Saturday's changeable conditions, Aspar Aprilia rider Terol made a great start and briefly found himself dicing with Zarco's Ajo Derbi, which qualified third.

A moment for Terol then dropped him to ninth, with Zarco settling into fifth. But as Zarco tried to push for the win that was essential to his title bid, the Frenchman crashed out on the third lap.

Terol picked his way forward to join his team-mate Hector Faubel and Vinales (Blusens Aprilia) in a lead battle. Faubel had looked secure up front for the first half of the race, but fell to third as the drizzle increased around half-distance, with Vinales eventually making a break and winning by 3.2 seconds over new champion Terol.

Efren Vazquez and Jonas Folger were fourth and fifth on a disappointing day for their Ajo team.

Polesitter Danny Webb held the lead for the first lap, before being edged down to 13th as faster bikes picked off his Mahinda in today's mostly dry conditions. He eventually crashed out.

Having also used slicks to star in qualifying yesterday, Louis Rossi and Alexis Masbou slipped back to finish 10th and 22nd respectively.

Results - 24 laps: Pos Driver Team/Bike Time/Gap 1. Maverick Vinales Blusens Aprilia 41m44.138s 2. Nicolas Terol Aspar Aprilia + 3.216s 3. Hector Faubel Aspar Aprilia + 7.460s 4. Efren Vazquez Ajo Derbi + 14.560s 5. Jonas Folger Ajo Aprilia + 18.451s 6. Alberto Moncayo Andalucia Aprilia + 36.472s 7. Luis Salom RW Aprilia + 52.614s 8. Niklas Ajo TT Motion Aprilia + 1m00.138s 9. Luigi Morciano Italia FMI Aprilia + 1m00.253s 10. Louis Rossi Matteoni Aprilia + 1m03.258s 11. Manuel Tatasciore Phonica Aprilia + 1m09.892s 12. Marcel Schrotter Mahindra + 1m12.741s 13. Alessandro Tonucci Italia FMI Aprilia + 1m18.337s 14. John McPhee KRP Aprilia + 1m18.434s 15. Giulian Pedone Phonica Aprilia + 1m20.580s 16. Sturla Fagerhaug WTR-Ten10 Aprilia + 1m21.155s 17. Danny Kent Ajo Aprilia + 1m27.770s 18. Peter Sebestyen Matteoni Aprilia + 1m33.406s 19. Daniel Ruiz Larresport Honda + 1m34.593s 20. Jasper Iwema Ongetta Aprilia + 1m34.832s 21. Marco Colandrea WTR-Ten10 Aprilia + 1 lap 22. Alexis Masbou Caretta KTM + 1 lap 23. Kevin Hanus Hanusch Honda + 1 lap 24. Jakub Kornfeil Ongetta Aprilia + 1 lap 25. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Ajo Derbi + 2 laps Retirements: Adrian Martin Aspar Aprilia 24 laps Taylor Mackenzie Phonica Aprilia 18 laps Brad Binder Andalucia Aprilia 17 laps Josep Rodriguez Blusens Aprilia 15 laps Sandro Cortese Germany Aprilia 11 laps Danny Webb Mahindra 11 laps Harry Stafford Ongetta Aprilia 7 laps Jack Miller Caretta KTM 3 laps Johann Zarco Ajo Derbi 2 laps 
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