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Bautista’s Andalusian quest begins well

Spanish star Álvaro Bautista was quicker than the rest of the 250cc field on Friday at Jerez.

Hoping for better fortune at this year’s Gran Premio bwin.com de España - following his heartbreaking 2008 last lap crash with Marco Simoncelli - Mapfre Aspar’s title hopeful Álvaro Bautista got things underway in style on Friday.

The popular Spaniard registered a best time of 1’43.429 and was half a second faster than any of his rivals until the final few seconds, when the in-form Honda rider Hiroshi Aoyama (Scot Racing Team) closed the gap to just over 0.1s, to finish second quickest.

Whilst Metis Gilera’s World Champion Simoncelli was down in eighth position, approximately a second off Bautista’s pace, the likes of Thomas Luthi (Emmi – Caffe Latte), Mattia Pasini (Team Toth Aprilia) and Gabor Talmacsi (Balatonring Team) were all in the top five.

Karel Abraham (Carbion AB Motoracing) and Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar Team) were marginally quicker than Simoncelli, with Spaniards Héctor Barberá (Pepe World Team Aprilia) and Álex Debón (Aeroport Castello-Blusens) rounding off a top ten comprising eight Aprilias.

Tags:
250cc, 2009, FP1

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