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Pasini and Lüthi complete first official test on top

Pasini and Lüthi complete first official test on top

Pasini and Lüthi complete first official test on top

The final session of the 125 official test at Catalunya has been dominated by Mattia Pasini and Thomas Lüthi, who were already the pacesetters from yesterday's proceedings. This morning Pasini edged out Lüthi from first position by only 0.009s – a gap similar to the one which Lüthi established over the Italian on the first day.

"I'm very satisfied with what we achieved here," said Pasini, who crashed around noon and had to complete the session with his spare bike. "We have been working a lot during the pre-season and this result proves it. However, I'm sure there's still room for improvement."

"The track wasn't that quick. The new asphalt is not fast enough to improve the lap times. I'm sure it will be better later this year as the MotoGP class will help to put some rubber on the track," he added.

Marco Simoncelli was third fastest, less than half a second adrift, demoting KTM's Gabor Talmacsi to fourth. Hector Faubel took fifth ahead of Fabrizio Lai, Pablo Nieto and Mika Kallio.

Several riders crashed during the final session, including eighth fastest Julian Simon and fellow Spaniard Alvaro Bautista. Simon walked away unscathed from two crashes while Alvaro Bautista sustained a crack in his left scaphoid – a minor injury which shouldn't prevent him from testing in Jerez. The second 125 official test will be held next week on the Andalusian track.

Official lap times:

1. Mattia PASINI - Totti Top Sport 3C : 1'51.538
2. Thomas LUTHI - Elit Grand Prix : 1'51.547
3. Marco SIMONCELLI - Race : 1'52.005
4. Gabor TALMACSI - Red Bull KTM GP125 : 1'52.405
5. Hector FAUBEL - Master Aspar Team : 1'52.545
6. Fabrizio LAI - Racing World : 1'52.567
7. Pablo NIETO - Caja Madrid - Derbi Racing : 1'52.764
8. Mika KALLIO - Red Bull KTM GP125 : 1'52.811
9. Julian SIMON - Red Bull KTM GP125 : 1'52.984
10. Tomoyoshi KOYAMA - Ajo Motorsport : 1'52.997.

125cc, 2005

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