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Barbera takes early 250cc advantage in Sachsenring

Barbera takes early 250cc advantage in Sachsenring

A new circuit record went to Hector Barbera in the opening 250cc session in Sachsenring.

Rounding off the opening practice sessions for the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Hector Barbera led the way in the 250cc category at the Sachsenring circuit. The Spaniard was the quickest quarter-litre rider on track with a 1´24.241 lap, ahead of fellow countryman Julian Simon. The Team Toth Aprilia and Repsol KTM riders were separated by less than two-tenths of a second.

Barbera set a blistering pace with his time, breaking the circuit record and riding faster than last year´s pole position time.

Series leader Mika Kallio made a promising start to his German visit, the only other rider to breach the 1´25 barrier. He was in turn over half a second quicker than Marco Simoncelli, the rider whom he leads by just one point in the World Championship standings. Both had been in action last week in Brno, with Kallio picking up some knee damage and Simoncelli giving the Gilera RSA the once over.

Kallio´s Red Bull KTM teammate Hiroshi Aoyama also featured in the top ten, fifth and faster than Assen racewinner Alvaro Bautista, Alex Debon, Fabrizio Lai, Thomas Luthi and Yuki Takahashi.

Tags:
250cc, 2008, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, FP1

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