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Aoyama continues to top 250cc timesheets

Aoyama continues to top 250cc timesheets

Hiroshi Aoyama was again the fastest rider in 250cc practice in Malaysia, leading the second session of the weekend on Saturday morning.

Championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama held on to his status as the fastest rider in Free Practice by topping the second session of the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix weekend on Saturday.

Having set the fastest time in Friday’s opening session, the Scot Honda rider was again on top as he trimmed over 0.7s off his own time set the previous day by lapping at 2’07.160.

Héctor Barberá (Pepe World Team) also improved on his first session time to set the second fastest lap in the second practice, at 0.325s off Aoyama’s pace, while the Japanese rider’s title rival – and defending champion – Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera) was over 0.5s down on the lead time in third. It was a significant improvement for the Italian on his previous practice.

Mattia Pasini (Paddock GP Racing Team) and Raffaele de Rosa (Scot Racing) also moved into the top five slots in the Saturday session, with Héctor Faubel (Valencia CF - Honda SAG) recording the eighth-quickest time before a low-side crash ended his session early.

Álvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar Team) also fell victim to a loss of traction under his front tyre when he slid out just after the session’s mid-point, having already recorded the time which placed him 11th fastest.


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