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Lorenzo maintains status quo in 250cc practice

Lorenzo maintains status quo in 250cc practice

Reigning 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was again the man on pace in the first quarter litre class free practice session of the Gran Premio bwin.com de España weekend.

Reigning 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was again the man on pace in the first quarter litre class free practice session of the Gran Premio bwin.com de España weekend.

The Spaniard lapped more than half a second quicker than his nearest rival with a time of 1'43.945 in the morning run-out, to underline his prowess on a track where he tasted victory last year in the opening race of his title winning campaign.

Having started this season with another win in Qatar, Fortuna Aprilia's Lorenzo is the red-hot favourite to take 25 more points in this weekend's race in front of a passionate Spanish crowd in Andalusia, where he was the only participant to lap under the 1'44 mark this morning.

Another man sure to be supported vociferously by the fans in the massive stands which surround the Jerez track is Lorenzo's compatriot and rival, Hector Barbera of Team Toth Aprilia, who was third in the Qatar race and the second quickest participant in today's opening 250 session - ahead of newcomer to the category Mika Kallio.

The morning's top five was completed by Italian Metis Gilera rider Roberto Locatelli and San Marino's Alex De Angelis, who impressed observers with his creditable second place finish in Qatar.

Taro Sekiguchi was the slowest of the 28 riders on track in this early run-out, perhaps unsurprisingly as he carefully reacquainted himself with the track where he has broken his leg twice on the same corner in the last two seasons.

Tags:
250cc, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA, FP1

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