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Elias starts as he means to go on

Elias starts as he means to go on

Ever since Le Mans, when Toni Elias first mounted the podium, the Spaniard has not looked back and is showing a remarkable level of consistency and maturity. Nobody can accuse him of not giving one-hundred percent, because in every practice session and in every qualifying since that French race, he has been there or thereabouts, lapping quickly and getting in amongst the leaders. Once again, he has begun in similar fashion setting the fastest lap of this morning´s 125cc first free practice session.

Elias improved his fastest time after the chequered flag had gone out, putting himself 0.412 ahead of second quickest, Japanese rider Noburu Ueda. His time of 1´31.546 is the new record for everyone to aim at, after the track changes that have been made from last year. Ueda himself who came in second, had performed well throughout the session, in fact it was he and Elias who traded the lead early on, and later Ueda and Ui swapped fastest times. Ui dropped down to fifth overall behind a storming Angel Rodriguez and Lucio Cecchinello, hoping to regain the form that saw him win in Catalunya, but has seen him in not complete Assen and take fifth in Britain.

There were two fallers, in the shape of home riders Jarno Müller and Claudius Klein, the first of these two still recovering from an injury in Donington. The morning practice belonged, once again to Elias, and we shall see whether his consistency will be a telling factor in this afternoon´s qualifying session.

125cc, 2001, Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, FP1

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