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Aprilia 250: Nieto & Rolfo in first row

Aprilia 250: Nieto & Rolfo in first row

Roberto Rolfo #44 (Safilo Oxydo Race) 4° in 2´09´531An improvement by six tenths of a second promoted the 21 year old rider with a first row start. Once again, he left all of the other private riders behind, including Frenchman De Puniet who was second yesterday and is now fifth.

«Even here, we worked well towards the race, and the result comes naturally when the set up is that good. Tomorrow morning, there is only the choice of the race tyre left to do, but there isn´t many to chose from. I did my time by myself which makes me even more optimistic».

Randy De Puniet #81 (Equipe de France -Scrab GP) 5th in 2´09»697Yesterday, the young French rider who is enjoying his first 250 season, was so fast that he was the only one out of the top 17 that didn´t improve further today, but he is still within the front runners: In fifth place in row two. If he hadn´t crashed with his best bike, he would have gone quicker for sure.

«I had a tyre mounted with which I felt good, I immediately wanted to speed up and I crashed. So I took the second bike out, but it wasn´t well set and I couldn´t do any better than yesterday. But to start from the second row is not so bad after all.

Roberto Locatelli #15 (MS Eros Ramazzotti Racing) 7th in 2´09»813Great performance by the 125 World Champion, who took a second row start despite, some set up problems.

«We have severe suspension problems, and to get this time was too hard, too difficult, even though it´s still not satisfying. Now our last hope is the warm up in order to see if we can solve this problem.

Franco Battaini #21 (MS Eros Ramazzotti Racing) 13th in 2´10»719Due to technical problems the rider from Brescia dropped back to the fourth row.

«When I went for my last run, The semi-automatic gear shift didn´t work any more and I had to cut the gas in order to shift. There are many points here where you have to change gears when you are leaning over, so I lost the opportunity for a second or third row start.

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