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Fabrizio Lai moves to first in first qualifying practice

Fabrizio Lai moves to first in first qualifying practice

Fabrizio Lai moves to first in first qualifying practice

Fabrizio Lai set the fastest time this afternoon at Shanghai in the first qualifying practice of the Grand Prix of China.

The Kopron Racing World rider clocked a lap of 2´25.318 to take the provisional lead ahead of KTM rider Gabor Talmacsi. The Italian was 0.334 faster than Talmacsi who clocked 2´25652.

"I got the provisional pole in the last lap and with traffic on the track! The bike is fast and I'm really satisfied," said the Italian.

"The track is very nice! I like it because it's very technical: long straights, with strange, long corners, and it's important to do very well the first and last corner to be faster in the straight. The grip was good in spite of the rain but wet white stripes and curbs are treacherous: in the middle of the session after a pit stop to change the bike setting I slipped on a white stripe…but I could stay on the bike by a miracle!

"The Clinica Mobile treated my right arm that compromised the Estoril race, with massages and emollient plaster: it is a muscular aid for the inflamed tendon. Now I enjoy my provisional pole"

Spanish rider Aleis Espargaro (Seedorf RC3 – Tiempo Holidays) finished third fastest with a time of 2´25.762.

Julian Simon (Red Bull KTM) was fourth fastest ahead of Italian Mattia Pasini in fifth and Manuel Hernandez in sixth place.

Thomas Luthi ( Elit grand Prix) finished in seventh, Alvaro Bautista (Seedorf RC3 – Tiempo Holidays) in eighth. Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM) finished in ninth and Tomoyoshi Koyama (Red Bull KTM) completed the top ten.

Consistent rain at the Shanghai circuit prevented the riders from improving on their earlier practice times.


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