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Barberá shows 250cc field how to do it

Barberá shows 250cc field how to do it

Spanish rider Héctor Barberá demonstrated his practice pace again on Friday afternoon at Estoril, in FP1.

The fastest 250cc competitor on Friday at the Grande Premio de Portugal was Héctor Barberá, as he took his Pepe World Team Aprilia machine around the Estoril track in 1’40.777, to lead the way by more than half a second.

The MotoGP-bound Spaniard - who had been in good form for most of the year and was the race-winner last time out at Misano - once again proved faster than any of his rival and he will attempt to take his fourth pole position of the year on Saturday.

Closest to Barberá on the timesheet was his compatriot Alex Debon (Aeropuerto-Castello-Blusens), who was 0.55s off the pace. Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar) and Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing were third and fourth fastest, ahead of World Champion Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera) in the top five.

World Championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama (Scot Racing Team) was down in the recently unfamiliar territory of tenth place, with Álvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar Team) also looking slightly out of sorts in sixth.

Also featuring in the top ten were Héctor Faubel (Valencia CF - Honda SAG), Raffaele de Rosa (Scot Racing) and Roberto Locatelli (Metis Gilera).

Mattia Pasini did not go out of his pit-box, despite being dressed and ready for action, the financial problems of Team Toth meaning that there was no bike available for him. Late on Friday the Italian rider reached a last-minute agreement to join the Emmi-Caffe Latte set-up and he will make his first appearance with his new team on Saturday.


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