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Aoyama provides late drama in 250cc FP2

Aoyama provides late drama in 250cc FP2

Japanese rider quickest in second Assen session.

A series of hot laps by Hiroshi Aoyama allowed the Japanese rider to take the advantage in the 250cc practice standings on Friday morning, with the Scot Racing man beating the clock to record a 1’40.642 top lap. Baulked on his previous attempt, Aoyama had no such problems in the last minute of the second session.

Alvaro Bautista continued strongly, but experienced a late hitch in his preparations for the Alice TT Assen when he lowsided his Mapfre Aspar Aprilia in the final five minutes. A 1’40.876 lap kept Bautista at the sharp end of the timesheet before his slip, from which he walked away uninjured.

Mattia Pasini was the final rider to go round in under 1’41, ahead of Marco Simoncelli in a group split by less than half a second. Below them, surprises came from Balatonring stand-in Aleix Espargaró and Cardion AB’s Karel Abraham, who took advantage of Aoyama’s slipstream for his quickest lap of the outing.

Bautista’s teammate Mike di Meglio also had a notable crash to give the Aspar mechanics work to do before the afternoon qualifying session.

250cc, 2009, ALICE TT ASSEN, FP2

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