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Bautista moves testing dominance on to wet Valencia

Bautista moves testing dominance on to wet Valencia

Spaniard sets quickest time at second test of 2009, under wet conditions.

The fastest rider over the course of three days of testing in Jerez earlier this week, Alvaro Bautista made a late, late surge at a wet, wet Valencia track on Saturday to continue his flawless run.

Near-constant rainfall at the Spanish track made for a miserable day for those itching to get to grips with their 2009 bikes, and it was only at 4.30pm local time that Bautista took to the track. The Aspar rider quickly moved his way up the timesheet as the rain eased off, putting down a 1´48.270 lap at the end of the session to complete day one in charge. By the time Bautista had set his final time new teammate Mike di Meglio had already left the circuit, electing against trying out his new Aprilia in wet conditions.

Having debuted with the Thai Honda team at the start of the week, Hector Faubel was second quickest on day one in Valencia. Another late arrival to the asphalt, Faubel ended the day nearly 1.5 seconds behind his former teammate on the timing screen.

250cc rookie Gabor Talmacsi and Italian rider Alex Baldolini were the only other two 250cc participants in the day´s proceedings, both starting their work at midday. Team Scot Honda riders Hiroshi Aoyama and Raffaele de Rosa elected against undertaking laps with the intention of waiting to see what Sunday brings.

There was a fuller representation of the 2009 grid for the 125cc class on Saturday afternoon, also led by an Aspar rider. Julian Simon headed a field of lower cylinder class riders that included Blusens Aprilia´s Scott Redding, Kiefer Racing man Stefan Bradl and Sergio Gadea. Mirroring their 250cc counterparts, several riders decided to devote their time to theory instead of practice, with the likes of Bradley Smith and Sandro Cortese studying data with a view to making the most of their Sunday run.

The Valencia test concludes on Sunday, although meteorological conditions are expected to remain unchanged.

250cc, 2009

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