Monday, May 24

ESPARGARO TOPS 125GP

ONCE again it was an all-Spanish podium after the 125GP at Le Mans on Sunday, Pol Espargaró (Tuenti Racing Derbi) taking victory with a fantastic ride in the 125cc race, edging out Nico Terol for the victory and narrowing his rival’s lead at the top of the World Championship standings to two points.

Terol (Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia) led into the first turn after a storming start from his pole position, and Espargaró stuck on the Bancaja Aspar rider’s back wheel as the duo pulled away after the early stages of the race. Espargaró eventually made his decisive move to secure the win on the last lap, and crossed the line almost a second ahead ahead of Terol.

Behind the two race leaders with Bradley Smith, Marc Márquez, Efrén Vázquez and Sandro Cortese engaged in a thrilling battle for third spot. Smith held that place for most of the race but on the final lap, Márquez sneaked past him and despite the Englush rider's attempts to re-claim the spot, in touching fairings with Marquez, Vázquez squeezed through Smith's off-line bike and snatched fourth. Smith finished fifth, with Cortese completing the top six.

In his battle to get up to third at the finish, Márquez trimmed a couple of tenths of a second off Espargaró's 2008 lap record, setting the new mark at 1m 43.787s - 145.162 km/h for the Le Mans circuit.

For the complete results list, click on: http://resources.motogp.com/files/results/xx/2010/FRA/125cc/RAC/Classification.pdf?v1_24b836d1