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Pasini begins Indianapolis weekend on positive note

Pasini begins Indianapolis weekend on positive note

Mattia Pasini led the way in the first ever 250cc practice session held at the IMS Speedway.

After their clash at Misano two weeks ago, Mattia Pasini and Hector Barbera were once again in close proximity to one another in the opening session for the 250cc Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. This time, however, their closeness was merely on the timesheet, topped by Polaris World rider Pasini with a lap of 1´55.468. The Italian was just over two-tenths of a second quicker than Barbera in the morning run.

The top four were separated by just half a second as the riders got to grips with a new circuit, Thomas Luthi and series leader Marco Simoncelli keeping up with the pace on their respective RSA machines. Title challenger Mika Kallio was some eight-tenths down on Simoncelli, fifth in the session.

Alex Debon, Lukas Pesek, Yuki Takahashi, Alvaro Bautista and Alex Baldolini completed the fastest ten quarter-litre riders, pitting their skills against a wet track that had experienced intermittent rain during the morning.

This was the first time that a 250cc bike had appeared on the Indianapolis circuit, the only category to experience the phenomenon. 125cc and MotoGP machines had been on track at the Brickyard courtesy of the Red Bull AMA Rookies and MotoGP test riders back in July.

Tags:
250cc, 2008, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, FP1

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