Terol leaves Mugello as championship leader
Mugello held another close 125cc race on Sunday morning, something of a tradition at the Italian track in the lower cylinder category. Marc Márquez was the winner, but the fight was not easy for the maiden grand prix winner. Nico Terol was the early leader, and Pol Espargaró also had his turn up front. Breaking up the all-Spanish battle was Bradleyu Smith, who also had his turn at the front, although eventually he was relegated to fourth. The last lap was typically spectacular, and for once slipstreams did not decide the definitive result. Another Spanish treble showed the country’s dominance, even on Italian soil.
Nico Terol was up for the Italian GP right from the moment the lights went out, claiming another podium for the Bancaja Aspar Team. A storming start was followed by a fantastic opening lap at Mugello, and the Spaniard kept the lead until the eighth lap. Sensing that escape was futile, Terol changed strategy to try a last lap slipstream, but in the end he had to settle for his third consecutive second place.
2nd Nico Terol: “It was a tough race at a very distinct circuit. However much you push on a lap, the difference can be made up on the straight with a slipstream. I tried to break free from the group at the start, and then I studied the race in order to prepare for the final sprint. When I was part of the front four things were different with every lap, and it was futile trying to escape. I worked very hard on the final lap in order to settle in second and make a move on Marc. I had to sit up at one point and the bike was sliding, so I wasn’t able to get close enough to him, but I am happy with second place. The weekend went well and we continue to be podium regulars, so I want to dedicate this result to my team for their great work and thank the sponsors for their support.”
Source: Team Aspar