Jerez : 125cc race
A dramatic 125cc race saw Gabor Talmacsi take victory in a photo finish at the Circuito de Jerez.
The Hungarian, on the receiving end of a slipstreaming manoeuvre from team-mate Hector Faubel at the opening round in Qatar, this time ousted Czech
rider Lukas Pesek from the top spot after a tense game of cat-and-mouse.
The two were out on their own for most of the race, breaking away from the pack with Pesek closing down the Master MVA Aspar rider all the way. Tactics came into play, with the Derbi man content to stalk Talmacsi for the duration and even at one point declining an invitation from his rival to take the lead.
Pesek left his move late, overtaking on one of the final corners but, after a few wobbly moments in the sprint to the line, was just pipped to the chequered flag and his elusive first 125cc victory.
Hector Faubel was the only Spanish representative on the podium, taking third ahead of countryman Pol Espargaro. The latter had an amazing race, starting awesomely and maintaining a cool head whilst battling with such riders as Sergio Gadea and Pablo Nieto, who completed the top six.
Sandro Cortese, Joan Olive, Michael Ranseder and Lorenzo Zanetti made up the remainder of the top ten.
The race was an incident packed affair, with twists and turns from the opening moments. Mattia Pasini was forced to vacate his pole position and start from pit lane, and later collided with Bradley Smith whilst working his way up the field. Tomoyoshi Koyama also suffered a crash with four laps to go, when looking for a podium finish.
Talmacsi now leads the championship, four points ahead of Faubel and nine ahead of Pesek.
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