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Márquez dips below track record, Espargaró hot on his heels

Márquez dips below track record, Espargaró hot on his heels

The two Spanish riders finish the Official Test at Jerez in first and second position on the timesheet, underlining their status as 125cc title favourites for 2010.

Marc Márquez and Pol Espargaró will arrive at the first race of the season at Losail in less than two weeks – the CommercialBank Grand Prix – with high expectations following their respective performances in the final Official pre-season Test at Jerez.

Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider Márquez was the fastest 125cc rider of the entire Test, timing a best lap which was quicker than the track record as he displayed a blistering pace. The youngster posted a time of 1’46.560 on Monday, impressive enough on its own, but it was his lap of 1’46.492 from Sunday which is now the fastest 125cc time recorded at the Andalusian circuit. Despite this, Espargaró was only 0.275s behind, as both showed their pre-season form to be consistent.

Tuenti Racing rider Espargaró, on his official Derbi machine, was the only other rider to go under the 1’47” mark with his best time of 1’46.767. Completing the top three was Bancaja Aspar’s Nico Terol, making it an all-Spanish trio as he timed at just under eight-tenths of a second off Márquez.

Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo) and Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing) both registered top five times, with Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) and Randy Krummenacher (STIPA-Molenaar Racing) sixth and seventh respectively.

2009 World Championship runner-up Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar) was eighth fastest with a lap of 1’48.092, just over 1.5s off the best time, as he struggled to compete with the top times, whilst Andalucia Cajasol duo Alberto Moncayo and Danny Webb completed the top ten across the combined times of all three days.

You can see the combined 125cc results from all three days by clicking here.

125cc, 2010

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