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Espargaró leads Spanish charge in opening 125cc practice

Espargaró leads Spanish charge in opening 125cc practice

The Tuenti Racing rider got his weekend off to a fast start at the Gran Premio bwin de España at Jerez, and was followed in the timings by Márquez and Vázquez in FP1.

Pol Espargaró made sure that he secured the early psychological boost in the first practice session of the 125cc class at Jerez, leading an all-Spanish, all-Derbi top three which was almost a second faster than the remainder of the field.

Posting a super quick time of 1’47.327 on his 20th and final lap of the session, Espargaró was just under a second quicker than Julián Simón’s 2009 pole position time, and was followed by Marc Márquez (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) and Tuenti Racing team-mate Efrén Vázquez, who were 0.121s and 0.247s respectively further down the timings and the last two to get under the 1’48” mark.

Another rider on Derbi machinery, Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo) was fourth fastest with the race winner from the opening round in Qatar Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar) maintaining a predominantly Spanish theme in the fastest times as he slotted in at fifth.

Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX), Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar), Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Cajasol) and Jasper Iwema (CBC Corse) were all inside the top ten lap times in the session.

Despite a fall going into Turn 2 with around 20 minutes remaining Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol) was straight back out on his Aprilia to record the tenth fastest time of the practice, and Johann Zarco (WTR San Marino Team) was the only other rider to experience a fall.

125cc, 2010, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, FP1

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