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Simoncelli suffers collarbone fracture in Valencia test

Simoncelli suffers collarbone fracture in Valencia test

Simoncelli suffers collarbone fracture in Valencia test

While testing is banned until late January for the MotoGP teams, the 250cc and 125cc outfits are still hard at work. The Aprilia riders were reunited on Wednesday at Valencia for a three-day test. An eventful first day saw 250cc newcomer Marco Simoncelli breaking his right collarbone when he crashed on the asphalt of the slow section of the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

The Italian rider was quickly transferred to the Valencia hospital and he will be examined by Doctor Costa, in Imola, as soon as he gets back to Italy. Before crashing in the afternoon, Simoncelli had posted the third fastest time of the day. The quickest man on track was Jorge Lorenzo, who is quickly adapting to the Aprilia after an impressive rookie season in the quarter litre class with Honda.

Now riding with the Aspar team, Alex de Angelis was second fastest, working on the 2006 RSW 250. Also riding on the new Aprilia, Alex Debon made his debut as the Italian firm test-rider.

Several 125cc riders were also on track at Valencia, led by local youngsters Sergio Gadea and Hector Faubel. Former Aprilia factory rider Simone Corsi joined the 125cc regulars to test a prototype version of the Gilera 125cc, which could be used as a base for a 250cc machine.

250cc times:

1. Jorge Lorenzo - Aprilia : 1'35"7
2. Alex De Angelis - Aprilia : 1'36"8
3. Marco Simoncelli - Aprilia : 1'37"1
4. Alex Debon - Aprilia : 1'37"2
5. Hector Barbera - Aprilia : 1'37"3
6. Roberto Locatelli - Aprilia : 1'37"5

125cc times:

1. Sergio Gadea - Aprilia : 1'39"8
2. Hector Faubel - Aprilia : 1'40"8
3. Mattia Pasini - Aprilia : 1'41"0
4. Lucas Pesek - Derbi : 1'41"4
5. Nico Terol - Derbi : 1'41"7
6. Simone Corsi - Gilera : 1'45"5.

250cc, 2005, Marco Simoncelli, Julian Simon

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