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Debón tops Donington timesheet in 250cc opener

Debón tops Donington timesheet in 250cc opener

Bautista takes fall in British Grand Prix practice session.

Spaniard Alex Debón was the quickest rider in the opening practice session for the 250cc British Grand Prix, a run-out that took place on a dry track following mixed conditions for the 125cc and MotoGP classes.

The Aeropuerto Castello Blusens rider put down a 1’33.432 lap of the Donington Park circuit to continue his fine form from one week ago, when he took second place at the German round of the World Championship at Sachsenring. He was just 0.041 ahead of the second quickest man in the session, series leader Hiroshi Aoyama.

Álvaro Bautista placed third on Friday afternoon using his second Mapfre Aspar Aprilia bike, following a fall under braking at the midway point. He landed on his right elbow in the crash, but was otherwise okay to continue with fine-tuning.

Sachsenring racewinner Simoncelli was the final rider within two-tenths of a second of Debón’s marker, ahead of Lukas Pesek and Mike di Meglio.

The session marked the return to action of Viessmann Kiefer’s Ralf Waldmann at the age of 43. The German substitute was eighteenth in his first day of World Championship riding since 2002.

250cc, 2009, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, FP1

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