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Porto and De Angelis make Aprilia 250cc debuts at Jerez

Porto and De Angelis make Aprilia 250cc debuts at Jerez

Porto and De Angelis make Aprilia 250cc debuts at Jerez

The Jerez circuit hosted the first preseason tests for several private and factory Aprilia teams on Monday, with notable changes to a number of line-ups. Sebastián Porto tested the Italian factory machine for the first time as part of the Aspar team, where he replaces Toni Elías alongside Fonsi Nieto. The Argentinean adapted quickly to his new machine, having ridden a Honda and a Yamaha over the past two seasons, and clocked a best time of 1.45'095 - a second quicker than his best lap in the race at the Marlboro Spanish Grand Prix back in May.

Meanwhile, Alex de Angelis made his 250cc debut, also with full support from the Italian factory after finishing runner-up for them in the 125cc series last season. The San Marino youngster will ride as team-mate to the current World Champion, Manuel Poggiali, and lapped well on his first day, clocking a time of 1.47'015. Poggiali was also back on track after almost three months of inactivity, as was Spanish title hopeful Fonsi Nieto.

However, by far the fastest man at the Spanish track on Monday was Randy de Puniet, who improved his pole position qualifying time there from May by a full second. The Frenchman's unofficial lap time of 1.43'859 was also underneath Daijiro Kato's pole record of 1.43'959, set in 2001.

The Aprilia test continues on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Unofficial lap times

Randy de Puniet (Aprilia) 1'43.859
Sebastián Porto (Aprilia) 1'45.095
Manuel Poggiali (Aprilia) 1'45.992
Fonsi Nieto (Aprilia) 1'46.550
Alex de Angelis (Aprilia) 1'47.015
Anthony West (Aprilia) 1'47.160
Hector Faubel (Aprilia) 1'48.976
Dirk Heidolf (Aprilia) 1'49.037
Alex Baldolini 1'49.986

250cc, 2003

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