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Bautista tops the timesheets at 250cc Official Test

Bautista tops the timesheets at 250cc Official Test

After a series of tests under difficult weather conditions in Europe, the 250cc riders were today given a welcome full day of practice in Qatar at the MotoGP Official Test.

After a series of tests under difficult weather conditions in Europe, the 250cc riders were today given a welcome full day of practice in Qatar at the MotoGP Official Test. Able to ride the whole day at the first of two sessions at the Losail International Circuit, it was a valuable opportunity for the quarter litre contenders to get their programs back on course.

Reigning 125cc World Champion and 250cc debutant Alvaro Bautista was the fastest rider of the day, setting out his stall early by becoming the first rider to go faster than last year's pole position time. The Spainard never looked back, clocking a series of impressive laps despite a strong wind blowing through the desert, and finished with a best lap of 2'00.620 on a day where he focused mainly on the bike's set-up.

Bautista was over half a second faster than Aspar team-mate Alex de Angelis, and nearly a second quicker than 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo. The latter, working with both the 2006 and 2007 bikes, was faster than his pole lap but still unable to go quicker than Bautista and De Angelis at the track where he took his second victory last season.

The riders concluded their testing at 5pm local time, with the early sunset meaning a lack of light for further action. They will be back on track for the final day of 250cc preseason testing tomorrow.

MotoGP Official Test Qatar: 250cc

Day One Official Times

1. A. BAUTISTA - Master MVA Aspar 2.00.620
2. A. DE ANGELIS - Master MVA Aspar 2.01.289
3. J. LORENZO - Fortuna Aprilia 2.01.529
4. A. DOVIZIOSO - Humangest Racing 2.01.616
5. R. LOCATELLI - Metis Gilera 2.02.051
6. H. BARBERA - Toth Aprilia 2.02.290
7. F. LAI - Campetella Racing 2.02.360
8. M. KALLIO - Red Bull KTM 2.02.547
9. T. LUTHI - Emmi Caffe Latte 2.02.935
10. H. AOYAMA - Red Bull KTM 2.02.964
11. S. AOYAMA - Repsol Honda 2.03.425
12. M. SIMONCELLI - Metis Gilera 2.03.443
13. A. ESPARGARO - Blusens Aprilia 2.03.600
14. A. WEST - Team Sicilia 2.03.667
15. A. TIZON - Blusens Aprilia Germany 2.04.178
16. D. HEIDOLF - Kiefer Bos Sotin Racing 2.04.530
17. K. ABRAHAM - Cardion AB Motoracing 2.04.664
18. R. WILAIROT - Thai Honda PTT SAG 2.04.871
19. Y. TAKAHASHI - Humangest Racing 2.04.907
20. A. BALDOLINI - Kiefer Bos Sotin Racing 2.05.100
21. J. CLUZEL - Angaia Racing 2.05.297
22. I. TOTH - Toth Aprilia 2.05.351
23. T. SEKIGUCHI - Campetella Racing 2.05.826
24. E. LAVERTY - Honda LCR 2.06.277

Tags:
250cc, 2007, Alvaro Bautista

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