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KTM and Aprilia complete testing in Spain

KTM and Aprilia complete testing in Spain

KTM and Aprilia complete testing in Spain

The Red Bull KTM 250cc wrapped up on a high note at Jerez as Hiroshi Aoyama and Mika Kallio posted the fastest times of the third and last day of testing at the Spanish venue. Japanese ace Aoyama was over a second faster than his new team-mate Kallio, a newcomer in the 250cc class, his pace matching the circuit record set by Dani Pedrosa during the 2005 Spanish GP. While the KTM boys were able to dip under the 1'44 mark, most Aprilia riders remained in the mid 1'44s but the fastest Italian machine during this final day of testing was Roberto Locatelli's Gilera, as the Italian veteran and former 125cc World Champion recently joined the ranks of the two-ring brand's factory team on the back of an impressive 2006 campaign as a privateer Aprilia rider.

In the 125cc class, Aspar team new recruit Gabor Talmacsi confirmed his swift adaptation to Aprilia machinery clocking the best time ahead of Héctor Faubel, while Oxfordshire schoolboy Bradley Smith was an impressive third fastest ahead of KTM's Tomy Koyama.

This was the last testing session of the year for the KTM and Aprilia teams, but the Jerez track will host further action before the test ban is enforced on December 1st. Next week, most MotoGP teams will resume the development of their new 800cc prototypes at Jerez alongside several Honda 250 and 125cc teams.

1. Hiroshi Aoyama – KTM 1'42.8
2. Mika Kallio – KTM 1'43.9
3. Roberto Locatelli – Gilera 1'44.202
4. Héctor Barberá – Team Toth 1'44.310
5. Álvaro Bautista – Aspar Team 1'44.405
6. Alex de Angelis – Aspar Team 1'44.4
7. Alex Debon – Aprilia 1'44.4
8. Thomas Lüthi – Caffe Latte Elit 1'44.548
9. Álvaro Molina – Aprilia 1'46.178

1. Gabor Talmácsi – Aspar Team 1'46.844
2. Héctor Faubel – Aspar Team 1'47.080
3. Bradley Smith – Repsol Honda 1'47.724
4. Tomoyoshi Koyama – KTM 1'47.9
5. Sandro Cortese – Caffe Latte Elit 1'48.224
6. Randy Krummenacher – KTM 1'48.2

250cc, 2006

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