Estoril : 125cc race
This afternoon's 125cc action at the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal concluded with Bancaja Aspar's Hector Faubel taking his fourth victory of the season, as he overtook team-mate and World Championship rival Gabor Talmacsi on the final straight to
win by 0.132s.
After the drama of Misano where Faubel crashed under pressure from his Aspar colleague, the Spaniard answered in perfect style with a brilliantly timed late manoeuvre which gave him the win, in front of tens of thousands of Spanish fans who had made the journey to Estoril. Having started the race eighth on the grid Faubel now sits just five points behind the Hungarian in the general standings.
The Spanish contingent in the crowd were also delighted to see a first podium for 16 year-old Catalan rider Pol Espargaro. After a huge crash in the Sunday morning warm-up the Belson Campetella Aprilia youngster battled with a five man group at the front - and even held the lead for a short period - to eventually mount the rostrum for the first time.
Also in the leading quintet were Skilled Racing Team's Simone Corsi and Polaris World's Joan Olive, who both finished just a second behind Faubel - but had to settle for fourth and fifth respectively.
A further seven seconds back Stefan Bradl (Blusens Aprilia) and Tomoyoshi Koyama (Red Bull KTM) picked up additional points in sixth and seventh, just ahead of pole man Mattia Pasini (Polaris World).
The inconsistent Italian held the lead from pole in the early stages and looked well in control until a crash on a chicane with 13 laps to go, seemingly without any obvious cause – remounting to finish eighth.