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Run in the sun order of the day for Thursday Jerez sessions

Run in the sun order of the day for Thursday Jerez sessions

Near-perfect conditions for lower cylinder category riders on day two in Jerez.

The clouds cleared and the Wednesday wind having passed by, the 125cc and 250cc riders present in Jerez for the MotoGP Official Test were greeted by near-perfect riding conditions on Thursday morning.

The fastest rider as of midday was 250cc World Champion Marco Simoncelli, recording a 1’43.737 lap onboard his Metis Gilera RSA. The Italian put a gap of nearly half a second between himself and Scot Racing’s Hiroshi Aoyama, the second quickest man on track.

The remainder of the top ten riders before midday all went round in the 1’44 range, with Alex Debon the next on the timesheet. Slower in picking up the pace were Wednesday’s most mercurial rider Héctor Barberá and expected title contender Álvaro Bautista, whilst Barberá’s Pepe World teammate Axel Pons had yet to undertake laps on Thursday following his awkward crash from day one.

With his lap total for the day barely reaching double figures, Julián Simón continued to dominate the 125cc class in the mixed free practice. He set a midday time of 1’47.569 to leave his rivals searching for improvement over the remaining 1.5 days of the Jerez visit. Having promised a fast lap before attacking his planned workload yesterday, Simone Corsi has yet to trouble the Aspar rider’s time.

Besides the sweeping hills of southern Spain, the backdrop to the on-track action got more crowded on Thursday morning with the arrival of the MotoGP trucks. A spectacular double decker effort from the new Grupo Francisco Hernando team and the Fiat Yamaha hospitality area had already been present in the paddock on Wednesday, before the Thursday influx of teams setting up their garages for Saturday’s premier class sessions.

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250cc, 2009

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