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Bautista takes the reigns on second day of Jerez action

Bautista takes the reigns on second day of Jerez action

Mapfre Aspar rider heads timesheet with 1’43.068 lap of Spanish circuit.

Álvaro Bautista took over the leadership of the 250cc timesheet in Jerez on Thursday, with a 1’43.068 lap seeing him nearly take times into the 1’42s for the first occasion this week. The Spaniard was on top form to edge out Wednesday’s most mercurial rider, Pepe World man Héctor Barberá, by just over two-hundredths of a second.

The two are both hoping to mount an assault on the title this year with their factory Aprilia RSA bikes, but reigning World Champion Marco Simoncelli was not far behind on day two. The Metis Gilera rider stopped the clock just over a tenth of a second down on Bautista’s time, making further improvements to his machinery along the way.

Bautista’s teammate Mike di Meglio spent much time in the garage over the course of the day, watching his mechanics make adjustments to his bike. Although he put in relatively few laps, his fastest lap of the morning session put him convincingly amongst the frontrunners.

The only rider in the top five on an LE bike, Lukas Pesek impressed with consistent lap times at the Spanish circuit. He placed ahead of category newcomer Gabor Talmacsi, Scot Racing’s Hiroshi Aoyama and the trio of Roberto Locatelli, Alex Debon and Ratthapark Wilairot.

Axel Pons did not ride on Thursday following his Wednesday morning crash, and the second day of testing saw a big fall for Russian rookie Vladimir Leonov. He returned for the afternoon session after bruising his elbow in the fall.

250cc testing concludes on Friday in Jerez.

250cc, 2009

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