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Rainy 125cc session lets Rabat escape in Donington Park

Rainy 125cc session lets Rabat escape in Donington Park

Heavy shower falls on Midlands circuit five minutes into session.

Last weekend at Sachsenring the 125cc riders had an abundance of rain with which to contend, and the opening day of practice for the British Grand Prix was no different for the lower cylinder category.

Once again the times were largely inconsequential, as it took just five minutes for a trademark Donington downpour to dampen the mood. Quickest was Spaniard Esteve Rabat, with a 1’45.105 lap on his Blusens Aprilia before the track got soaked.

Despite the conditions, there were relatively few falls on the slippery asphalt. Lukas Sembera came off his bike after wobbling the back tyre in the only notable incident of the hour.

Regular British riders Bradley Smith, Scott Redding and Danny Webb barely had a chance to test their home form in the afternoon run, and will have to wait in hope for consistent or sunny conditions to get into the groove on Saturday morning.

125cc, 2009, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, FP1

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