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Simón commences Italian weekend on the pace

Simón commences Italian weekend on the pace

Standings leader in the 125cc class Julián Simón was the top man in the first practice outing of the Gran Premio d’Italia Alice weekend.

Friday’s action at Mugello got underway with a familiar figure at the head of the 125cc timesheet in free practice 1 as World Championship leading Spaniard Julián Simón went round quicker than any of his single cylinder rivals.

The Bancaja Aspar rider, who leads the standings by 5.5 points from team-mate Bradley Smith, set the pace with a 1’59.437s lap towards the end of the session – to send out a message to the rest of the 125cc field.

Closest to Simón on this occasion was another team-mate, Sergio Gadea, who lapped 0.284 behind his compatriot. Home rider and a double race winner already this year Andrea Iannone (Ongetta Team I.S.P.A.) was third fastest with a similar time to Gadea, whilst aforementioned Englishman Smith was fourth, less than half a second behind Simón.

Nico Terol (Jack & Jones Team) was half a second off the pace in fifth place, just ahead of Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) who suffered a heavy crash in the final minute of the session and walked away slowly – having set down a best lap a second behind Simón’s best.

Sandro Cortese (Ajo Interwetten), Esteve Rabat (Blusens Aprilia), Scott Redding (Blusens Aprilia) and Lorenzo Savadori (Fontana Racing) also featured in the FP1 top ten.

Tags:
125cc, 2009, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, FP1

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