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Gadea delight at early pace

Gadea delight at early pace

Gadea delight at early pace

Sergio Gadea admitted that he could hardly believe his own performance on the first day of qualifying for the Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana. The Spanish teenager set the fastest time in the morning free practice and qualified second on the provisional grid in the afternoon.

Gadea, who was born just a couple of miles from the Ricardo Tormo circuit, said that his home Grand Prix could not have started in better fashion but insisted he was keeping his feet on the ground ahead of tomorrow's final qualifying session.

"I am really happy - this morning I set the fastest time and I couldn't believe it," beamed Gadea. "I didn't want to get too excited because it was only the first session but things went well for us again in the afternoon.

"I had a few problems at the start of the session but we found the right set-up by the end and I was able to set a good rhythm. I like this track a lot, it is my home track and we do a lot of preseason testing here, as you can see by the results.

"Today's result is good but there is still another day to go and I am just going to keep doing my job as I did at the last round in Australia and we will all give maximum effort to do well here."

Gadea's team-mate Pablo Nieto also qualified on the provisional front row with the fourth fastest time, capping off a perfect start to the weekend for Jorge Martinez's Master Repsol Team.

"It is always positive to be up near the front, especially at your home track," said Nieto. "I like this circuit a lot and I am really keen to do well here. I think it will be a tough weekend but we are going to work hard to finish the season with a good result. The bike has responded well so we won't make too many changes tomorrow."


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