Pasini quickest in red-flagged opening 125cc session

Friday, 14 September 2007

The bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal weekend got underway in spectacular fashion this morning with Polaris World's Mattia Pasini topping the timesheets in a session which was red-flagged following the highside crash of RACC Aprilia wildcard Ricard Cardus early in the proceedings.

The bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal weekend got underway in spectacular fashion this morning with Polaris World's Mattia Pasini topping the timesheets in a session which was red-flagged following the highside crash of RACC Aprilia wildcard Ricard Cardus early in the proceedings.

The 19 year-old from Barcelona lost control of his Aprilia with just a few minutes on the clock at Estoril and after highsiding the gas tank of his 125cc machinery came away from the chassis of the bike. Cardus appeared to walk away relatively unscathed but the red flag was raised while the track was cleared of a resultant fuel spillage.

Once the action resumed 25 minutes behind schedule Cardus did not reappear but it was another Aprilia-equipped participant who came out on top - Pasini leading the way by just over half a second from Hector Faubel (Bancaja Aspar) with a time of 1'45.949s.

Just behind Faubel was his Aspar team-mate and World Championship title rival Gabor Talmacsi – the category leader from Hungary lapping 0.741s slower than Pasini's hot lap.

Sandro Cortese (Emmi Caffe Latte) was fourth, while Lukas Pesek (Valsir Seedorf Derbi), Raffaele de Rosa (Multimedia Racing) and Joan Olive (Polaris World) lapped fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

Esteve Rabat (Repsol Honda) was the fastest Honda rider in the session eighth position, with the top ten completed by Simone Corsi (Skilled Racing Team) and Tomoyoshi Koyama (Red Bull KTM).

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