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Smith the paceman in opening session

Smith the paceman in opening session

The Gran Premio bwin.com de España commenced with Englishman Bradley Smith setting the pace in the first Friday session.

Bancaja Aspar’s Bradley Smith was the quickest rider in the first 125cc free practice of the Gran Premio bwin.com de España weekend, with his late 1’47.385 surge putting him at the head of the timesheets, three tenths of a second ahead of his Spanish team-mate Julián Simón.

Happily for the riders the session took place in fine conditions, under brilliant blue Andalusian skies and on a dry Jerez riding surface, with good weather forecast for the rest of the weekend after two rain-affected GPs so far this year in Qatar and Japan.

Third fastest participant Andrea Iannone (Ongetta Team I.S.P.A) suffered a crash in the last sector of the track as the practice concluded, though fortunately he walked away from the incident. Sandro Cortese (Ajo Interwetten) and Sergio Gadea (Bancaja Aspar) were also in the top five.

Esteve Rabat (Blusens Aprilia), Scott Redding (Blusens Aprilia), Joan Olivé (Derbi Racing) and Stefan Bradl (Viessman Kiefer Racing) were also at the business end of the timesheet, whilst Danny Webb (Degraaf Grand Prix) made sure there were three English names in the top ten, behind aforementioned compatriots Smith and Redding.

There were also crashes, meanwhile, for Michael Ranseder (Haojue Team) and Lorenzo Zanetti (Ongetta Team I.S.P.A), but neither rider was reported to be hurt.

Tags:
125cc, 2009, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA, FP1

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