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Five Spaniards in 250cc day two free practice top six

Five Spaniards in 250cc day two free practice top six

The reigning 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo appears to be well in control in Jerez as his race preparations continue.

The reigning 250cc World Champion and red hot favourite to take victory in front of an adoring home crowd in Sunday's quarter litre class race at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España, Jorge Lorenzo, appears to be well in control at Jerez as his race preparations continue. The home riders had a successful practice session, with five in the top six.

The atmosphere continues to build on one of the most colourful weekend's on the MotoGP calendar and the World title holder was again the man setting the standard in the 250 riders' second free practice session.

Although the 19 year-old Majorcan could not quite match his best performance from yesterday's qualifying session, he headed the pack again on his Fortuna Aprilia machinery with a time of 1'44.052 on the 23rd of his 26 laps - and also recorded the top speed of 244.6 km/h.

Lorenzo having dominated the first race of his title-defence in Qatar two weeks ago, and having ended the first qualifying session yesterday almost a second ahead of his closest challenger, it was to 125cc World Champion Alvaro Bautista's credit this morning that he managed to lap just 0.191 seconds behind his compatriot.

Julian Simon, another Spaniard who did well this morning, finished the practice run-out with the third best time onboard his Repsol Honda 250cc machine.

The 130,000 plus expected crowd for Sunday's proceedings will be aware that there is a great chance of a Spanish 1-2-3 in the 250 class. That possibility was underlined by Hector Barbera and wild card Alex Debon's morning performances which saw them finish fifth and sixth respectively on the timesheets, with fourth placed Alex de Angelis, of San Marino, the only non-Spaniard in the top six.

The end of the session was red flagged after a big crash involving Roberto Locatelli. The popular veteran has been taken to hospital in Cadiz and is being treated in intensive care for facial injuries and a dislocated, open fractured ankle.

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250cc, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA, FP2

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