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Gadea begins French repeat attempt with first in practice

Gadea begins French repeat attempt with first in practice

Sergio Gadea was wide awake in Le Mans on Friday morning, beginning his attempts at a French repeat as the fastest rider in practice.

A rider with an insatiable appetite for 125cc improvement, Sergio Gadea began his day with a `continental breakfast´ of first place in the opening lower cylinder category free practice in Le Mans.

The winner of last year´s race in France, on the back foot after his victory at the opening race of 2008, the Bancaja Aspar rider recorded a fastest time of 1´44.618 in the closing stages of the morning session. Cloudy skies but no precipitation allowed a clean run for the 125cc riders, and joining Gadea in making the most of them was Polaris World´s Bradley Smith.

The Briton was just over a tenth of a second behind the trailblazing Gadea, and he himself took a podium spot at last year´s race. With three pole positions to his name thus far in 2008 but precious few race finishes, Smith will be bringing with him his own brand of unpredictable excitement this weekend.

Second placed in the World Championship, Nico Terol was third on the Jack&Jones WRB Aprilia, ahead of Esteve Rabat, home rider Mike di Meglio and Shanghai race winner Andrea Iannone.

The top ten was completed by Stefan Bradl, series leader Simone Corsi, 2007 World Champion and second Aspar rider Gabor Talmacsi, and Spaniard Pol Espargaro. Talmacsi ran off-track towards the end of the timed session.


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