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De Angelis leads the way in wet 250cc opener

De Angelis leads the way in wet 250cc opener

Last weekend at Phillip Island Alex de Angelis saw any remaining hope of winning the 250cc title slip from his grasp, but he has started the Polini Malaysian Grand Prix in a positive manner, following a rain affected opening free practice run for the quarter litre class riders at Sepang.

Last weekend at Phillip Island Alex de Angelis saw any remaining hope of winning the 250cc title slip from his grasp, but he has started the Polini Malaysian Grand Prix in a positive manner, following a rain affected opening free practice run for the quarter litre class riders at Sepang.

The Master Mapfre Aspar rider from San Marino topped the timesheet with a best effort of 222.644s with the last of his 21 laps, which was 1.231s faster than second fastest participant Alvaro Bautista (also Aspar) managed but around 14 seconds off the record Sepang 250cc pace, following some torrential rain at the beginning of the session.

Third quickest rider Thomas Lüthi (Emmi Caffe Latte) preceded Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM) and Julian Simon (Repsol Honda) in the top five.

Team Toth Aprilia pair Imre Toth (Team Toth) and Hector Barbera were six and seventh respectively, Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera) was eighth, while Andrea Dovizioso (Kopron Team Scot) was ninth and World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Fortuna Aprilia) was not taking too many risks as he completed the top ten,

Tags:
250cc, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, FP1

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