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Gibernau sets early pace on home turf

Gibernau sets early pace on home turf

Gibernau sets early pace on home turf

The 2005 World Championship got underway this morning at Jerez, with the first practice session of the Gran Premio Marlboro de España. In the MotoGP class, Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda) was the fastest with a best lap set in 1'40.800, beating Valentino Rossi's 2004 pole position time by 0.018s.

The reigning World Champion ended the session just 0.086 behind his rival while Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden took third, over half a second adrift from Gibernau. For this first session, the weather was cloudy and windy, but should improve for this afternoon next free practice session, as there is now only a single qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.

For the 250 and 125 classes, the fight for grid spots will start this afternoon. In the minor class, Aprilia riders Marco Simoncelli and Mattia Pasini confirmed their good pre-season performances by dominating the session ahead of Fabrizio Lai and Mika Kallio.

In the 250 session, Sebastian Porto demoted Casey Stoner from the first spot at the end of the session. Dani Pedrosa was third fastest ahead of Hector Barbera and Alex de Angelis.

The MotoGP session was incident free and there were only two incidents in the 125 class, for Gabor Talmacsi and Sandro Cortese. Five 250 riders crashed: Simone Corsi, Gregory Leblanc, Alvaro Molina, Martin Cardenas and Hugo Marchand.


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