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Smith makes immediate impact in Qatar

Smith makes immediate impact in Qatar

Bancaja Aspar rider ends first night of 125cc testing on top form.

2008 Qatar 125cc poleman Bradley Smith made his presence felt early at the class’ final test at the Losail circuit, recording a time of 2’06.568 to hit form at just the right time.

With the season set to start this weekend, the Bancaja Aspar rider finally beat teammate Julián Simon to the top spot on the timing screen, and did so by over half a second as he became one of only two riders to go round in under 2’07.

Separating the two was Italian rider Andrea Iannone, building on his own strong display from the penultimate preseason run in Jerez with a lap just 0.140 slower than that of Smith.The third and final Aspar man on track, last year’s race winner Sergio Gadea, was fourth fastest.

Bainet Derbi’s Joan Olivé and Iannone’s Ongetta Racing I.S.P.A teammate Jonas Folger also featured in the top six, although more notable was the absence of Simone Corsi from the list of the fastest ten riders. The 2008 World Championship runner-up could only place twelfth with his time from the first session of the night.

125cc testing at Losail continues tonight.

Qatar Test: Monday: Combined Top Ten Times

1. B. Smith -Bancaja Aspar- 2’06.568
2. A. Iannone -Ongetta Team I.S.P.A- 2’06.708
3. J. Simón –Bancaja Aspar- 2’07.042
4. S. Gadea -Bancaja Aspar- 2’07.843
5. J. Olivé –Bainet Derbi- 2’08.062
6. J. Folger Ongetta Team I.S.P.A- 2’08.391
7. S. Bradl –Viessman Kiefer Racing- 2’08.431
8. Sandro Cortese –Ajo Interwetten- 2’08.502
9. P. Espargaro –Bainet Derbi- 2’08.531
10. E. Rabat –Blusens Aprilia- 2’08.546


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