Moto2

Nicolas Terol wins his third victory of the year in the Honda-powered Moto2 series

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Nicolas Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter) won his third victory of the year in the Honda-powered Moto2 series, inheriting and never relinquishing the lead after runaway early leader and recently crowned World Champion Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) crashed out of the lead on the eighth of 37 laps at the Valencia GP overnight.

For a while, Terol had Simone Corsi (NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up) on his tail, but gradually he pulled away to establish a comfortable advantage and cross the finish line four seconds ahead of Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter), who is still getting around the paddock on crutches, following a big spill in Japan two weeks ago.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm very happy with my first victory here at my home circuit." Terol stated. "It‰Ûªs a dream come true for me. The race was difficult because I was alone, so lap by lap I had to work very hard to maintain concentration and focus.

"To win the last race of 2013 is very important to me because it gives me great motivation for 2014 when I will be ready for the battle," he added.
Jordi Torres gave his Mapfre Aspar Team the perfect send off to the 2013 season finishing 2nd, giving the team a 1-2 finish for the round - Credit: Honda Racing
Torres passed Corsi with six laps to go and worked hard to gain a gap on the Italian.

‰ÛÏTo score a win, a second and a third in my first full season is a great result for me." Torres admitted. "During the race I had some pain from my injured leg, but I didn‰Ûªt think about it while riding.

"The only problem was that the other leg had to work extra hard, so by the end I was very tired. I pushed hard to catch Corsi and again to make a gap on him. For the Aspar team to get a one-two here is incredible.‰Û
Johann Zarco claim the final moto2 podium position of the 2013 season by the smallest of margins - Credit: Honda Racing
At first the timing screens had Corsi down as the final podium finisher, but moments later the final results had Zarco third by just one thousandth of a second.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs so nice to be on the podium at the last race." Zarco commented. "I wasn‰Ûªt sure whether I had got it at the finish line. I looked up at the big screens and they said I was fourth, which was a big disappointment, but when I got back to the pits my team said I was third, so that made me very happy, a huge emotion!‰Û
Moto2 Podium - Credit: Honda Racing
Moto2 Valencia Results - Round 17:
1 Nicolas Terol 43m24.972s ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
2 Jordi Torres 4.047 ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
3 Johann Zarco 5.993 FRA SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
4 Simone Corsi 5.994 ITA SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing
5 Esteve Rabat 8.316 ESP KALEX Tuenti HP 40
6 Alex De Angelis 10.596 SMR SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing
7 Thomas Luthi 11.219 SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock Moto2
8 Anthony West 12.334 AUS SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
9 Mattia Pasini 13.383 ITA SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing
10 Dominique Aegerter 14.609 SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
11 Julian Simon 14.805 SPA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
12 Xavier Simeon 18.168 GER KALEX Desguaces La Torre SAG/Zelos
13 Takaaki Nakagima 18.792 JPN KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
14 Mika Kallio 23.555 FIN KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
15 Scott Redding 27.479 GBR KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
16 Sandro Cortese 35.021 GER KALEX Dynavolt Intact GP
17 Franco Morbidelli 35.314 ITA SUTER Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
18 Marcel Schrotter 35.323 GER KALEX Desguaces La Torre SAG/Zelos
19 Gino Rea 35.405 GBR FTR Gino Rea Race Team
20 Axel Pons 35.420 SPA KALEX Tuenti HP 40
21 Randy Krummenacher 36.372 SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
22 Ricard Cardus 41.540 SPA SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing
23 Louis Rossi 43.455 FRA TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
24 Lucas Mahias 50.510 FRA TRANSFIORMERS Promoto Sport
26 Steven Odendaal 1'04.667 RSA SPEED UP Argi̱ano & Gines Racing
27 Doni Tata Pradita 1'05.070 IND SUTER Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
28 Alberto Moncayo 1'24.368 ESP SPEED UP Argi̱ano & Gines Racing
29 Pol Espargaro 1'33.265 ESP KALEX Tuenti HP 40
30 Ezequiel Iturrioz 1 Lap ARG KALEX Blusen Avianta
32 Rafid Topan Sucipto DNF IND SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
33 Hafizh Syahrin DNF MAL KALEX Petronas Raceline Malaysia
Pol Espargaro celebrates his 2013 MotoGp World Championship win - Credit: Honda Racing
2013 Moto2 Final Championship Standings:
1 Pol Espargaro 265 pts
2 Scott Redding 225 pts
3 Esteve Rabat 215 pts
4 Mika Kallio 187 pts
5 Dominique Aegerter 157
6 Thomas Luthi 155 pts
7 Nicolas Terol 150 pts
8 Takaaki Nakagima 148 pts
9 Johann Zarco 139 pts
10 Jordi Torres 126 pts
11 Simone Corsi 105 pts
12 Xavier Simeon 88 pts
13 Julian Simon 79 pts
14 Alex De Angelis 76 pts
15 Anthony West 61 pts
16 Mattia Pasini 55 pts
17 Marcel Schrotter 33 pts
18 Toni Elias 21 pts
19 Randy Krummenacher 20 pts
20 Sandro Cortese 19 pts
21 Mike De Meglio 18 pts
22 Danny Kent 15 pts
23 Ricard Cardus 7 pts
24 Axel Pons 5 pts
25 Louis Rossi 4 pts
26 Gino Rea 4 pts
27 Alex Marinelarena 2 pts
28 Doni Tata Pradita 1 pts

Top Image: Nicolas Terol on his way to winning the final Moto2 GP of the 2013 season
Credit: Honda Racing

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