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Simoncelli gets to work at Portuguese test

Simoncelli gets to work at Portuguese test

The Estoril Circuit in Portugal today played host to the first of three days of lower cylinder category action, with a selection of teams getting in some extra practice before next week's official test.

The Estoril Circuit in Portugal today played host to the first of three days of lower cylinder category action, with a selection of teams getting in some extra practice before next week's official test.

Under blue skies and amidst a strong wind, Marco Simoncelli recorded the fastest time of the day in the 250cc category. The Italian clocked a time of 1'42.8 on a day in which he worked primarily on tyre and suspension settings, with some subtle changes to the setup used in last year's race. Simoncelli crashed in the afternoon, with no ill effects.

Hector Faubel was the Aspar team's main representative in Portugal, working with a new chassis and rear suspension. The Spaniard commented on his work after the first day, noting that "This run is to get used to the bike on this track, as the race is coming earlier than usual. I only knew my 125cc times from here, so it was important to get to know the track on a more powerful machine."

Onde 2000 join in Estoril run-out

In the 125cc category testing at Estoril, alongside riders from the quarter litre class, Onde 2000 team members Pablo Nieto and Raffaele de Rosa were on track with their KTM machines. However, the two had problems on this the first of three days in Portugal.

A dirty track and a new bike made it a difficult adaptation for the Italo-Spanish pairing, with Nieto also experiencing braking difficulties whilst De Rosa struggled with the rear end of his Austrian bike. Both riders will be back in action tomorrow for further testing.

Tags:
250cc, 2008

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