Sepang : 125cc race
Gabor Talmacsi took a big step towards the 125cc World Championship title at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, with a six second win at Sepang to open up a 10 point lead at the head of the standings in front of his Bancaja Aspar colleague Hector
Faubel, who finished third behind Japanese rider Tomoyoshi Koyama (Red Bull KTM).
It was the third win and ninth podium of the season for Talmacsi, who will attempt to secure a first ever title win for Hungary - on Faubel's home territory in Valencia - in a tense final round of the season in a fortnight's time.
The 16th and penultimate single cylinder race of the year saw Talmacsi make a strong start from second on the grid behind his Aspar colleague Faubel, who dropped back from pole and appeared to be struggling in the early laps.
Talmacsi was soon ahead and extending his lead at the front, while Faubel was caught up in a battle involving the likes of Koyama, fellow Aspar rider Sergio Gadea, Joan Olive (Polaris World) and Mattia Pasini (Polaris World) – which combined with a carburetion problem to prevent him fighting with his Eastern European title rival for the win.
Just off the podium, Olive was fourth, Gadea fifth, Phillip Island race winner Lukas Pesek (Valsir Seedorf Derbi) sixth, Simone Corsi (Skilled Racing Team) seventh and Pasini eighth.
After his front row start, meanwhile, youngster Pol Espargaro (Belson Campetella Aprilia) was deeply frustrated to crash out in eighth position with just four laps to go.
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