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Iannone tops timesheet in wet opening Motegi run

Iannone tops timesheet in wet opening Motegi run

I.C. Team´s Andrea Iannone was the fastest rider in the first practice session of the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan, leading the way by more than a second at a wet Motegi circuit.

A rainy morning at Motegi on Friday saw the 125cc riders commence proceedings on a wet track, with numerous crashes and off-track excursions at the Far Eastern venue.

One man who quickly got to grips with the situation, however, was Italian youngster Andrea Iannone, a best effort of 2'12.589 on the last of his 15 laps putting him one second ahead of Tomoyoshi Koyama (ISPA KTM Aran) and Danny Webb (Degraaf Grand Prix) at the head of the timesheet.

Attempting to bounce back from the disappointment of his Indianapolis retirement Iannone showed early signs of the form which gave him victory in the rain on the World Championship´s last visit to Asia, at Shanghai in May.

Also in the top five were Lorenzo Zanetti (ISPA KTM Aran) and Pol Espargaro (Belson Derbi), despite Zanetti crashing, whilst Raffaele de Rosa (Onde 2000 KTM) and Simone Corsi (Jack & Jones WRB) in sixth and seventh respectively gave a strong Italian flavour to the business end of the timesheet.

World Champion Gabor Talmacsi repeated his Friday practice crash from Indianapolis, though on this occasion it was less costly than the accident in the States which damaged his wrist, as he placed eighth on the timesheet.

Michael Ranseder (I.C. Team) and Joan Olive (Belson Derbi) rounded off the top ten, whilst there were additional crashes for Pablo Nieto, Robert Muresan, Robin Lasser, Marc Marquez and Jonas Folger – though fortunately with no serious injuries reported.


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