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Luthi quickest as 250cc Jerez test ends

Luthi quickest as 250cc Jerez test ends

Emmi – Caffe Latte rider Thomas Luthi took full advantage of the sunny afternoon conditions in the final 250cc testing session on European soil before the start of the season, ending the day – and the test visit to Jerez – as the quickest quarter litre class rider in attendance.

Emmi – Caffe Latte rider Thomas Luthi took full advantage of the sunny afternoon conditions in the final 250cc testing session on European soil before the start of the season, ending the day – and the test visit to Jerez – as the quickest quarter litre class rider in attendance.

21 year-old Luthi came out on top with a best time of 1'43.208, on a day in which the riders enjoyed the benefits of a completely rain-free day. Conditions were a sharp contrast to the changeable weather experienced last weekend for the MotoGP Official Test and the two further days of intermittent showers in Andalucia .

The Swiss rider's hot lap was just over three tenths of a second off former 250cc World Champion Dani Pedrosa's circuit best lap record of 1'42.868, set in qualifying for the 2005 GP, whilst today's second fastest rider -Metis Gilera's Marco Simoncelli – lapped just 0.001s slower than Luthi.

Lotus Aprilia Alex Debon was third on the timesheet, a further three tenths down on the pace, whilst Alvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar), Julian Simon (Repsol KTM), Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Red Bull KTM) all appeared in a top seven riders of riders who each lapped under 1'44.

Bautista's team-mate and compatriot Hector Faubel finished eighth, but was taken to the Clinica Mobile after suffering a blow to his knee in a crash during the afternoon outing. However, his injuries are not serious and are not expected to amount to anything more than heavy bruising.

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250cc, 2008

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