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125cc and 250cc testing starts tomorrow in Jerez

125cc and 250cc testing starts tomorrow in Jerez

Nearly fifty riders will be on track at Jerez from tomorrow as the lower cylinder categories make their testing return in the Spanish city.

Nearly fifty riders will be on track at Jerez from tomorrow as the lower cylinder categories make their testing return in the Spanish city. Eighteen riders from the 250cc class, in addition to 28 from 125cc, will be putting their bikes through their paces and getting back to racing form over three days of action.

Of those competing in the quarter litre class next season, several are making their debut appearance either with their teams or machines. Blusens Aprilia's Northern Irish talent Eugene Laverty, who undertook his rookie season last year with a kit Honda, will be debuting for the Spanish team alongside their home rider Russell Gomez, whilst Doni Pradita will begin his maiden year in the 250cc class as the first ever regular World Championship competitor from Indonesia.

Expected title contenders Alvaro Bautista, Mattia Pasini and Hector Faubel will be riding for the first time in 2008, all three former team-mates in the 125cc category. Hiroshi Aoyama and Mika Kallio, two KTM riders, also begin their title challenge in earnest at Jerez.

In 125cc, World Champion Gabor Talmacsi returns to action alongside Sergio Gadea and Pere Tutusaus, his new rookie team-mate in Jorge Martinez Aspar's lower cylinder class outfit. British interests are also strongly represented on-track, with Bradley Smith continuing his adaptation to the Polaris World Aprilia, Danny Webb returning to the fray with a more competitive machine than last year, and former MotoGP Academy rider Scott Redding riding for the first time for Blusens Aprilia's 125cc branch.

News from the Jerez test, along with times for both categories, will be featured on motogp.com from Thursday January 24th to Saturday January 26th.

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250cc, 2008

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