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Sanna crashes out but sets fastest time first in 125 second free

Sanna crashes out but sets fastest time first in 125 second free

Italian rider Simone Sanna set the fastest time in this morning´s second free practice session, just as he did in yesterday´s morning session. The Aprilia rider currently holds second place on the grid from yesterday´s wet qualifying practice, but things will almost certainly change this afternoon if the pleasant weather keeps up. The riders agreed that the qualifying times were more a case of luck than performance with several showers falling, meaning timing was crucial, Sanna shot to the top of the timesheets, but in the final minutes he highsided his bike and smashed into the dirt.

Nevertheless, Sanna proved that in the dry he will be a force to be reckoned with, and will fight for his front row position with a lap 13 seconds quicker than his time yesterday. His 1´38.712 put Youichi Ui back into second place after becoming the only other rider to get below 1´39 seconds and to put some pressure on the lap records. Behind these two came Poggiali, who will need to keep up the advantage he is holding over his main championship rival Toni Elias.

The Spaniard only managed the 15th best time of this morning´s session, and his team will hope that this is a minor blip, as Elias is normally so prominent in the practice sessions. Fourth place was Max Sabbatani´s, with Azuma, De Angelis and pole holder Lucio Cecchinello down in 7th. If the weather stays like this, then we are sure to see a complete shake up of the grid positions this afternoon.

125cc, 2001, Qantas Australian Grand Prix, FP1

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