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Espargaro catches the eye in early 125cc run

Espargaro catches the eye in early 125cc run

Having become the fourth youngest podium finisher of all-time in the World Championship with his third place in Portugal last week, Belson Campetella Aprilia's Pol Espargaro started the A-Style Grand Prix on the offensive this morning as he topped the timesheet in the first 125cc free practice outing of the weekend.

Having become the fourth youngest podium finisher of all-time in the World Championship with his third place in Portugal last week, Belson Campetella Aprilia's Pol Espargaro started the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan on the offensive this morning - as he came out on top in the first 125cc free practice outing of the weekend.

Under clear blue skies and in hot temperatures at Motegi, 16 year-old Espargaro went round two seconds off the circuit best lap time set by fellow Spaniard Alvaro Bautista last year, but 0.033 faster than his nearest rival in the session, Gabor Talmacsi (Bancaja Aspar) – the World Championship leader who was second on the timesheet.

Showing no ill-affects from his Estoril warm-up crash, Espargaro will attempt to continue his good form in the first qualifying practice at the Twin Ring circuit later today.

Behind Espargaro and Gabor Talmacsi (Bancaja Aspar) this morning, Italian rider Simone Corsi (Skilled Racing Team) and Spanish pair Hector Faubel (Bancaja Aspar) and Nicolas Terol (Valsir Seedorf Derbi) also featured the top five.

At his home track Tomoyoshi Koyama (Red Bull KTM) was sixth quickest, whilst the top ten was completed by Sergio Gadea (Bancaja Aspar), Raffaele De Rosa (Multimedia Racing), Mattia Pasini (Polaris World), Lukas Pesek (Valsir Seedorf Derbi) and Bradley Smith (Repsol Honda).

De Graaf Grand Prix rider Danny Webb was stretchered away after a crash, with more news to follow on his condition as soon as possible.

Tags:
125cc, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, FP1

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