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Webb in front in 125cc Motegi warm-up

Webb in front in 125cc Motegi warm-up

Danny Webb was the fastest rider in an extended 30 minute 125cc warm-up at the Polini Grand Prix of Japan.

On a still wet track at Motegi on Sunday morning it was Degraaf Grand Prix’s English youngster Danny Webb who headed the timesheets with a 2’10.595 effort on the last of his 11 laps in a 125cc warm up session which was extended by ten minutes to give the riders some more time on track, after the cancellation of Saturday afternoon’s qualifying practices due to rain.

There has been no further precipitation at the Twin Ring circuit thus far on Sunday, but with overcast skies and no wind to dry the track, the 125cc riders had another wet run to deal with as they got underway at 8.35am local time.

Webb, who is 13th on the grid, handled the wet track better than any of his rivals to give himself a confidence boost in the early outing, but with things expected to brighten up as the day progresses the track could be much drier by the time of the 125cc race at midday.

Behind Webb on the warm-up timesheets were Nico Terol (Jack & Jones Team), Derbi rider Sandro Cortese (Ajo Interwetten), Simone Corsi (Jack & Jones Team) and Julián Simón (Bancaja Aspar), in a top five which featured four Aprilias.

Qatar race winner and Motegi poleman Andrea Iannone (Ongetta Team I.S.P.A) was sixth fastest, ahead of three Spaniards, Marc Márquez (Red Bull KTM), Sergio Gadea (Bancaja Aspar) and Joan Olive (Derbi Racing) and Briton Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar) in the top ten.


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