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Diligence pays off for Simoncelli on day two in Valencia

Diligence pays off for Simoncelli on day two in Valencia

On a day when one of the favourites for the 250cc title –Thomas Luthi- was forced out of action with a collarbone fracture, Marco Simoncelli became the surprise force in the quarter litre category with the fastest time of day two in Valencia.

On a day when one of the favourites for the 250cc title –Thomas Luthi- was forced out of action with a collarbone fracture, Marco Simoncelli became the surprise force in the quarter litre category with the fastest time of day two in Valencia.

The Italian, who continues with the Metis Gilera team this year alongside Roberto Locatelli, was the rider with the most laps undertaken at the Spanish circuit today, the best of which was a 1'35.485 to put him ahead of yesterday's speediest rider Mika Kallio.

After dominating proceedings in Jerez and the opening day in Valencia, Kallio was working further on the Red Bull KTM chassis that the team has identified as a main focus of 2008 preseason testing. He was less than a tenth of a second off Simoncelli's time, ahead of Team Toth Aprilia rider Hector Barbera and Repsol KTM's Julian Simon.

After a light crash yesterday, Alex Debon was back on form with the Lotus Aprilia factory machine that he spent most of 2007 developing, fifth on the timesheets today. He was one of the riders to make an early start to his day at his home track; one of some ten 250cc riders to take to the track before midday.

Hiroshi Aoyama missed most of the morning in Valencia, but was able to record the sixth fastest time of the session onboard the second Red Bull KTM machine. Alvaro Bautista, Hector Faubel, Thomas Luthi and Roberto Locatelli completed the top ten.

Aside from Luthi's mid-afternoon fall, the only other crash in the class was from Karel Abraham, the Czech rider preparing for a second season in 250cc.

Once again there was an alternating hours system in operation for the test, although some riders undertook an even further reduced schedule today by concluding their test before the 6pm cut-off. Temperatures, not conducive to testing in the morning, were some 18 degrees during the day, although dipped off as the sun went down.

250cc Valencia Test
Times Day Two

1. Marco Simoncelli, Gilera - 1'35.447 (64)
2. Mika Kallio, KTM - 1'35.485 (46)
3. Héctor Barbera, Aprilia - 1'35.741 (60)
4. Julián Simón, KTM - 1'35.753 (52)
5. Álex Debón, Aprilia - 1'35.841 (35)
6. Hiroshi Aoyama, KTM - 1'35.979 (33)
7. Álvaro Bautista, Aprilia - 1'36.100
8. Héctor Faubel, Aprilia - 1'36.171 (34)
9. Thomas Luthi, Aprilia - 1'36.195 (22)
10. Roberto Locatelli, Gilera - 1'36.545 (59)
11. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia - 1'36.565 (52)
12. Mattia Pasini, Aprilia - 1'36.747 (53)
13. Alex Baldolini, Aprilia - 1'36.854 (36)
14. Lukas Pesek, Aprilia - 1'37.240 (48)
15. Federico Sandi, Aprilia - 1'37.659 (29)
16. Fabrizio Lai, Aprilia - 1'37.928 (55)
17. Eugene Laverty, Aprilia - 1'37.992 (46)
18. Imre Toth, Aprilia - 1'38.535 (32)
19. Doni Tata Pradita, Yamaha - 1'38.995 (58)
20. Russel Gómez, Aprilia - 1'39.597 (49)

Tags:
250cc, 2008

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