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Cluzel surprise leader in first 250cc outing

Cluzel surprise leader in first 250cc outing

Friday afternoon’s final FP1 session at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix saw Matteoni Racing’s Jules Cluzel go round quickest.

The surprise pace man in the last session on Friday afternoon at a wet Indianapolis was Frenchman Jules Cluzel who laid down a 1’53.512 lap midway through the 250cc practice on his Aprilia machine.

The Matteoni Racing rider, who has had a modest season since his opening round podium at Qatar also in wet conditions, was the fastest participant by a 0.732s margin ahead of his nearest rival, Spaniard Héctor Barberá (Pepe World Team).

World Champion Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera) was third on the timesheet, with a time more than a second off Cluzel’s pace, whilst Czech competitor Karel Abraham crashed late in the session when pushing too hard and ended up fourth.

Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar) and Héctor Faubel (Valencia CF - Honda SAG) were fifth and sixth, with title-chaser Álvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar Team) lapping in tenth place and standings leader Hiroshi Aoyama (Scot Racing Team) placing discreetly down in 14th.


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