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Terol up to speed in second 125cc practice

Terol up to speed in second 125cc practice

The Bancaja Aspar rider was fastest in practice as the second session of the eighth-litre class got Saturday’s action in Qatar off to a start.

Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar) took up the challenge laid down by Pol Espargaró as he topped the times in the second practice session in the 125cc class on Saturday, leading a top five that comprised the same riders as on Friday.

Met by cloudy skies and a temperature of around 31ºC Terol, who was fourth quickest in FP1, set a time of 2’07.651in the 40-minute session on Saturday to lead the riders ahead of rival Espargaró. Terol’s time was some 0.4s slower than that of Espargaró’s from the previous day.

The Tuenti Racing rider was second in the second session, with a time of 2’07.979 making him the final rider under the 2’08” mark. He was followed by team-mate Efrén Vázquez, who timed in at 2’08.034 on the 14th and final lap of his session.

German rider Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo) was fourth fastest on the timesheet, at a further 0.359s behind Vázquez, with Marc Márquez (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) completing the top five at fractionally over a hundredth of a second behind.

At over 1.3s off Terol’s pace was his team-mate Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar) in sixth, as he continued to struggle to find a comfortable level on his Aprilia, with Johann Zarco (WTR San Marino Team), Randy Krummenacher (Stipa-Molenaar Racing) , Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) and Tomoyoshi Koyama (Racing Team Germany) completing the top ten.

There were crashes for Luis Rossi (CBC Corse), who slid inside the opening two minutes of the session, and Quentin Jacquet (Stipa-Molenaar Racing), both without consequence.


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