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Sanna quickest off the blocks as changeable weather leads to staggered 125 session

Sanna quickest off the blocks as changeable weather leads to staggered 125 session

The overnight rain abated temporarily before the start of the day´s action at the Qantas Australian Grand Prix. The 125cc first free practice session got under way normally enough with the early morning sun drying out the track sufficiently for the bikes to go at full pace on slick tyres around the Phillip Island track. Just before the rain returned mid-way through the session, Simone Sanna moved to the top of the time sheets where he would remain until the end of the session after having improved his time on his final lap.

The riders went off the track for about ten of the 45 minutes as the light rain fell, and the Italian Safilo Oxydo Aprilia rider came back out to set a best time of the session of 1´40.625 after the chequered flag had been waved. Behind Sanna came Toni Elias, who will be looking to get his rhythm back after his first non-scoring race for eight GPs in Japan. After his crash he trails San Marino´s Manuel Poggiali by 12 points going into this weekend, and the Spaniard will have seen Poggiali´s bike being dragged away by stewards as the Gilera rider crashed early in the session. He remounted, but could only make the 32nd fastest time of the morning.

Third fastest was Italian Gino Borsoi, with Cecchinello, Azuma and Ueda trailing them. If the rain stays away and the sun keeps shining, there should be an exciting battle for positions for this afternoon´s qualifiers. Winner in Japan Youichi Ui was back down in fourteenth place overall.

125cc, 2001, Qantas Australian Grand Prix, FP1

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