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Simoncelli bests problem-hit rivals in final 250cc practice

Simoncelli bests problem-hit rivals in final 250cc practice

Bautista and Aoyama experience difficulties in Donington Park run.

Reigning 250cc World Champion Marco Simoncelli powered his way to the fastest time in the final practice session for the quarter litre class at Donington Park, with a 1’32.401 that saw the Italian heading the board whilst his rivals experienced big problems.

Héctor Barberá was second quickest with a lap nearly two-tenths slower than his persistent foe, but the difficulties began for the rest of the field with third placed Álvaro Bautista. Mapfre Aspar’s leading light had a big crash at Craner Curve when trying to improve his time in the final five minutes. The Spaniard had previously been struggling with a lack of strength in his right arm, courtesy of a Friday tumble, but his elbow bruising was thankfully not aggravated in the second fall.

Thomas Luthi and Bautista’s teammate Mike di Meglio showed their podium potential with the fourth and fifth fastest times, respectively, whilst Friday timesheet topper Alex Debón was unable to consolidate his advantage over the other riders and ran off track late on.

World Championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama suffered temperature disparities in one of the two cylinders of his Scot Racing Honda, leading to frustration and a time over seven-tenths of a second down on that of Simoncelli.

250cc, 2009, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, FP2

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