Nicolás Terol (Bankia Aspar) had a stunning return to competition after missing the last race in Assen due to injury, shooting off the second row to lead the start of the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM 125cc race with first time pole man Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) moving quickly into second, chasing his first GP victory.
The two broke away from the rest of the field, pursued by the pack of Spanish riders Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team), Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo), Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar), Luis Salom (RW Racing GP), and Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team), and two German riders Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) and Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport).
With ten laps to go, pressure from Zarco caused Terol to run wide, and the Frenchman took over the lead. The Spanish rider sat back until the final corner, driving out of it to pass Zarco on the home straight despite the Avant-AirAsia-Ajo rider swerving to break the draft. The win is the fifth for Terol of 2011, adding Mugello to the list of his previous wins at Losail, Jerez, Estoril and Catalunya.
16 year old Viñales dueled with Vázquez for the third spot on the podium, finally beating him across the line to take his fourth consecutive podium of the season, and moving into third place overall in the Championship.
Folger crashed out of the pack of seven riders tussling for third on lap 17, handing his second place in the Championship over to Zarco.
[Press Release Courtesy of the MotoGP]