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Talmacsi leads the way under Shanghai's grey skies

Talmacsi leads the way under Shanghai's grey skies

The first day of action on the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China weekend has commenced at the Shanghai International circuit this morning, with the 125cc riders taking to the track for their first free practice session which was slightly affected by some poor weather.

The first day of action on the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China weekend has commenced at the Shanghai International circuit this morning, with the 125cc riders taking to the track for their first free practice session which was slightly affected by some poor weather.

The morning began with a short burst of rainfall and the single cylinder session commenced at 9am local time under overcast skies. Visibility was affected by the foggy conditions, while the riders experienced the high humidity which is common at the Far Eastern venue.

The opening run-out saw Bancaja Aspar's Gabor Talmacsi leading the way with a lap of 2'14.777, more than two and a half seconds off the circuit record set by Alvaro Bautista last year.

Behind Talmacsi on the timesheets were fellow Aprilia riders Mattia Pasini (2'14.801) of Polaris World and the Hungarian's Aspar team-mate Hector Faubel (2'14.937).

Usual suspects Lukas Pesek (Valsir Seedorf Derbi), Joan Olive (Polaris World) and Simone Corsi (Skilled Racing Team) completed the top six, all lapping within one second of Talmacsi's pace setting time.

Early in the session Repsol Honda's Esteve Rabat suffered a light crash but was not injured and soon remounted to record the 13th fastest lap of the 32 competitors preparing for the fourth Grand Prix of the season.

The 125cc riders return to the track at 1.05pm local time today for their first qualifying practice of the weekend.

Tags:
125cc, 2007, SINOPEC GREAT WALL LUBRICANTS GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, FP1

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