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Barberá suffers crash after setting the pace

Barberá suffers crash after setting the pace

Pepe World rider Héctor Barberá suffered a heavy crash in the 250cc Friday free practice outing, after having set the fastest time in the session.

Héctor Barberá (Pepe World), who missed last year’s Phillip Island contest after he was injured in a crash in Japan, took a heavy blow to his back again on Friday when he high-sided at the Australian circuit - after setting the best lap time of the FP1 run.

The MotoGP-bound Spaniard ended the session in the medical centre after losing control of his Aprilia prototype on his 18th lap, having set the best time of the practice (1’34.338) on his 12th turn of the track. Barberá’s condition was described afterwards as not serious, with bruising to his back.

Meanwhile, the 250cc category’s leading riders all underperformed on Friday, with World Champion Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera) down in tenth place and a second off the pace, whilst title candidate Hiroshi Aoyama (Scot Racing Team) was 11th, 1.197s behind Barberá. Álvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar Team) was 12th on the timesheet as he trailed the paceman by a second and a half.

Getting closest to Barberá was Raffaele de Rosa (Scot Racing), the Italian lapping half a second behind the Spanish star. Jules Cluzel (Matteoni Racing), Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar) and Héctor Faubel (Valencia CF - Honda SAG) were also in the top five.

The likes of Mattia Pasini (Paddock GP Racing Team), Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT SAG), Alex Debon (Aeropuerto-Castello-Blusens) and Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) also registered top ten times.

250cc, 2009, Iveco AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, FP1

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