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Barberá on top in 250cc practice

Barberá on top in 250cc practice

Héctor Barberá’s fastest lap saw the Pepe World Team rider top the timesheet in the opening 250cc practice session at Valencia on Friday.

A fastest lap of 1’36.185 from Héctor Barberá made him the quickest rider in Free Practice 1 at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, with Hiroshi Aoyama (Scot Racing) and Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera) both recording top-six times.

Barberá, who beat Simoncelli to second place in Malaysia via a photo finish, was 0.317s faster than Alex Debon (Aeropuerto-Castello-Blusens), with Álvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar Team) registering the third-fastest lap of the session.

Aoyama, who needs just an eleventh-placed finish in Sunday’s race to secure the 2009 World title ahead of Simoncelli – regardless of where the Italian finishes – was fourth quickest around, as his best lap was just over 0.7s off Barberá’s pace.

Aoyama’s Italian Scot Racing team-mate Raffaele de Rosa followed him in the order, with Simoncelli sixth-fastest at just under a full second slower than the pace set by Barberá.

Héctor Faubel (Valencia CF - Honda SAG), Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar), Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT SAG) and Thomas Luthi (Emmi - Caffe Latte) were all inside the top ten session times.


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