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First 125cc practice concludes with Iannone on the pace

First 125cc practice concludes with Iannone on the pace

Italian rider and 125cc championship leader Andrea Iannone was the pace setter in the opening session of the Grand Prix de France weekend.

On a track which had dried by the end of the first practice session of the weekend at Le Mans, an hour-long 125cc outing, series leader Andrea Iannone (Ongetta Team I.S.P.A) topped the timesheet, as he successfully began his quest to bounce back from his Jerez crash.

The Italian set the pace with a best effort of 1’45.258 at the famous French venue, laying down his best time on the last of his 22 laps, to put him 0.211s ahead of second quickest participant Julián Simón (Bancaja Aspar).

With Simón’s team-mates Sergio Gadea and Bradley Smith lapping third and fifth fastest, sandwiching Joan Olivé (Derbi Racing Team) on the timesheet, the Bancaja Aspar team was represented heavily in the top five.

Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter (Ajo Interwetten), Spanish trio Marc Márquez (Red Bull KTM), Efrén Vázquez (Derbi Racing Team) and Esteve Rabat (Blusens Aprilia), along with Italian talent Simone Corsi (Jack & Jones) all featured in the top ten.

When the session commenced there were still wet patches on the track after some morning rain, though the asphalt soon dried out. Nico Terol (Jack & Jones) and female Ornella Ongaro crashed but neither was reported to be injured.

125cc, 2009, GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, FP1

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