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Wet track at Jerez restricts smaller class testing

Wet track at Jerez restricts smaller class testing

The entire line-ups of 23 quarter litre class riders and 34 single cylinder World Championship competitors are expected to practice this week at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, but the opening morning of the three day 250cc and 125cc test in southern Spain has been relatively quiet due to overnight rain.

The entire line-ups of 23 quarter litre class riders and 34 single cylinder World Championship competitors are expected to practice this week at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, but the opening morning of the three day 250cc and 125cc test in southern Spain has been relatively quiet due to overnight rain.

A thunderstorm in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Andalucia was followed by several hours of heavy rain which continued until around the scheduled start time of 10am, meaning that the teams and riders have made a leisurely start to the test as they wait for the track to dry out.

A light breeze has seen cloud cover coming and going but the large wet patches can be seen all around the circuit, making work on slick tyres impossible thus far.

Of the seven 250cc riders to have ventured out of their pit-boxes by the 1pm mark Team Toth Aprilias Imre Toth has been the fastest thus far with a time of 157.300, on the last of just ten laps undertaken.

Meanwhile, of the 125cc field only four had made an appearance before 1pm, with Ispa KTM Arans Lorenzo Zanetti setting the early pace with a 201.573 time.

The open track session for both classes will be replaced by separate runs for the respective two classes this afternoon, though the state of the track will of course dictate the amount of action to be seen.

Teams including Repsol KTM 250cc and, Mapfre Aspar and Lotus Aprilia will continue to wait for dryer asphalt to become available before deciding on their exact testing schedules.

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250cc, 2008

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