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Jerez test concludes for quarter-litre riders

Jerez test concludes for quarter-litre riders

Jerez test concludes for quarter-litre riders

Alex de Angelis set the fastest time on the final day of 250cc testing at Jerez on Thursday, lapping inside the pole position record set by Sebastian Porto earlier this year.

The San Marino youngster topped the timesheet ahead of 250 returnee Casey Stoner. The Australian was joined on track by LCR team-mate Roberto Locatelli, factory colleague Mirko Giansanti and 125cc World Champion Andrea Dovizioso, who completed his first test with the factory Honda.

For Locatelli the three days in Jerez have been an opportunity to reacquaint himself with the quarter-litre machine, having previously spent two spells in the 250cc class, firstly from 1995-96 and again from 2001-02, on a privateer Aprilia.

"I am back in the 250cc class but this time I'm sure that I have the necessary equipment to do well and be one of the frontrunners next season," said Locatelli.

"These first tests in Jerez have been a case of re-adapting to the category because after riding a 125 for two seasons you need to get used to the weight and power of a 250. Both myself and the team are looking forward to the 2005 season."

Unofficial lap times:

Alex De Angelis (Aprilia): 1'43'590
Casey Stoner (Aprilia): 1'44'526
Roberto Locatelli (Aprilia): 1'44'979
Mirko Giansanti (Aprilia): 1'45'154
Andrea Dovizioso (Honda): 1'45'256
Álvaro Molina: 1'47'230

250cc, 2004

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