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Gadea sets pace at Assen in first 125cc session

Gadea sets pace at Assen in first 125cc session

The ninth Grand Prix weekend of the season got underway in customary fashion this morning with the 125cc riders the first out on track at the A-Style TT Assen, under sunny skies with scattered clouds at the historic Dutch venue.

The ninth Grand Prix weekend of the season got underway in customary fashion this morning with the 125cc riders the first out on track at the A-Style TT Assen, under sunny skies with scattered clouds at the historic Dutch venue.

On this occasion it was Bancaja Aspar's Sergio Gadea - currently fourth in the World standings – who topped the single cylinder first free practice timesheet with a time of 1'47.611s on the last of his 19 laps.

The 22 year old Spaniard holds the circuit record race lap in the 125cc class at Assen, which he set en route to a second place finish in last year's contest - his best result of 2006.

Gadea clearly enjoyed his return to the Dutch circuit this morning as he lapped 0.094s quicker than second fastest participant, Sandro Cortese of Emmi – Caffe Latte Aprilia.

The top five was completed by Polaris World's Mattia Pasini, Gadea's Aspar team-mate Gabor Talmacsi and Blusens Aprilia's Pablo Nieto – who will all look to improve their times when the first 125cc qualifying session gets underway at 1.05pm this afternoon.

The morning outing also saw a collision between Andrea Iannone and Bradley Smith, who suffered foot and hand injuries. Updates will follow with further news on the extent of Smith's injuries.

Tags:
125cc, 2007, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, FP1

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