Second podium of the year for Terol
Spain continued to dominate in the 125cc category on Sunday afternoon, with a second ‘treble’ of riders on the podium at Jerez. They left their rivals behind, but the top three in the lower cylinder class showed tremendous equality amongst each other in the opening race of the Spanish Grand Prix. Marc Márquez’ crash took one Spaniard out of the running, but Terol, Espargaró, Vázquez and Rabat broke free early and pushed for the win. Nine crashes and numerous overtakes were the key moments of the race, which ended with Espargaró edging out Terol for the win.
For the second race in succession, Bancaja rider Nico Terol used a superior strategy. The Spaniard, starting from fifth on the grid, clocked the race’s fastest lap and kept up with the leaders. He resisted the advances of Espargaró and Vázquez, and eventually came in second for a second consecutive podium and twenty more points to his name. He continues to lead the World Championship.
2nd Nico Terol: “I am very happy, because we did a perfect job over the course of the weekend. The race was very tough today, from start to finish, but I think that I had a good pace. My strategy consisted of pushing hard at the start and losing the chasing group, and I thought that I would be able to get away if I pushed right at the end as well. However, on the final laps the front tyre was extremely worn down and I nearly crashed on a couple of occasions. It was then that I realised that sticking with second and picking up twenty points would be the most productive option. With four laps remaining I waved Pol on to pass me, as he was stalking me too much and I wanted to put my cards on the table. I was riding at the limit and wanted to follow him, but he made a big push at the end and was able to escape. I am very happy because I thin that I rode a very intelligent race. I’ve got twenty points more than when I arrived, and I’m still leader of the world championship.”