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Day two at Jerez ends with Simoncelli in front

Day two at Jerez ends with Simoncelli in front

Much improved riding conditions late on Wednesday afternoon saw Metis Gilera's Marco Simoncelli produce a rapid 1'44.602 lap of the Jerez de la Frontera circuit to top the 250cc timesheet by 0.227s.

Much improved riding conditions late on Wednesday afternoon saw Metis Gilera's Marco Simoncelli produce a rapid 1'44.602 lap of the Jerez de la Frontera circuit to top the 250cc timesheet by 0.227s.

Clearer conditions and a long spell of afternoon sun dried the asphalt sufficiently for the participants in an hour-long quarter litre class practice session to put on slicks and up the pace following a rain interrupted morning workout.

Given that Alex de Angelis' record fastest lap at the Spanish track in a race is 1'44.295 - set last year - Simoncelli was clearly unperturbed by the few remaining damp patches and rode comfortably enough to set his hot lap time at a venue where he himself crashed out during the 2007 Grand Prix.

Behind him on the timesheets were Aprilia rider Thomas Luthi (Emmi – Caffe Latte) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Red Bull KTM), as a trio of manufacturers were represented in the top three. Alvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar) and Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM) completed a top five, the quintet all lapping within just over a second of Simoncelli.

Simoncelli and Aoyama were the hardest workers in the session, though even they only managed 17 laps each, whilst a handful of the 22 riders on track did not even make it into double figures – preferring not too risk too much at this late stage of pre-season.

Tags:
250cc, 2008

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