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Poggiali gets to grip with Qatari track

Poggiali gets to grip with Qatari track

Poggiali gets to grip with Qatari track

Manuel Poggiali was the fastest rider in the first free practice session on Thursday morning at Losail on a track he was discovering for the first time having had to step down from last year's inaugural GP at the Qatari venue after suffering a freak accident whilst playing squash.

This time around, the San Marinese was eager to make up for his lack of experience at Losail and clocked 16 laps, with his fastest of 2'13.298 topping the timesheets ahead of Marco Simoncelli and Lorenzo Zanetti.

Italian Fabrizio Lai was fourth fastest, and the best-placed Honda rider, with Mattia Pasini, Tomy Koyama, Joan Oliver and Lukas Pesek behind him.

Title hopeful Mika Kallio was ninth on his Red Bull KTM, just 0.021s ahead of series leader Thomas Lüthi.

Tags:
125cc, 2005, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, FP1

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