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Bradley Smith on early pace in Istanbul

Bradley Smith on early pace in Istanbul

British youngster Bradley Smith was the man setting the pace during the opening free practice session of the Grand Prix of Turkey weekend.

British youngster Bradley Smith was the man setting the pace during the opening free practice session of the Grand Prix of Turkey weekend.

The 125cc riders took to the Istanbul Park track at 9am local time in fresh, clear sunny conditions though the track was still moist from overnight rain, which meant no-one would be challenging any circuit records.

Indeed Repsol Honda 125cc rider Smith's best time of 2'14.909, set on the last of his 17 laps in the customary 45 minute outing, was more than ten seconds off Thomas Luthi's circuit best lap set in 2005. However, 16 year-old Smith was nearly half a second quicker than his nearest challenger Gabor Talmacsi - the early season World Championship leader lapping 0.421 slower than the Englishman.

Indeed, Smith was the only Honda rider at the head of the timesheet, with Bancaja Aspar's Talmacsi followed by five other Aprilia riders in the top seven. Skilled Racing team's Simone Corsi was third quickest in the session with a time close to a second off Smith's, whilst Lorenzo Zanetti and usual suspects Raffaele de Rosa, Hector Faubel and Mattia Pasini completed that list of Aprilia men trailing pace setter Smith.

The top ten also featured Ajo Motorsport Derbi rider Michael Ranseder, Sergio Gadea and Smith's Spanish Repsol Honda 125cc colleague Esteve Rabat.

The 125cc riders are back on track at 1.05pm Turkish time for their first qualifying practice session.

Tags:
125cc, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, FP1

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