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Márquez sets Sepang standard

Márquez sets Sepang standard

The Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider led the timesheet in the first 125cc practice session at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Friday.

Marc Márquez picked up where he left off in the previous round of the 2010 125cc World Championship as he set the best lap time of the opening practice at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. The Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider’s fastest effort of 2’14.274 left him almost four-tenths clear of second quickest Pol Espargaró.

The Tuenti Racing rider’s session got off to a difficult start when he had a crash at turn 11 inside the opening ten minutes, but it failed to affect his confidence as he eventually timed in at 2’14.650. The only other rider to get within a second of Márquez’s time was Championship leader Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar) who was 0.510s off the lead time.

Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) and Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar) completed the top five but both have work to do to close the gap on Márquez. Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo) was sixth fastest and avoided a high side at turn two at the end of the session, holding onto and controlling his bike admirably.

Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol), Randy Krummenacher (Stipa-Molenaar), Jasper Iwema (CBC Corse) and Adrián Martín (Team Aeroport de Castelló) all had crashes during the session. Webb suffered a fracture of the first metacarpal bone in his right hand, whilst Iwema sustained a ligament injury in his right thumb. Both underwent further medical check-ups following the session.

The session was run in typically hot conditions, with an ambient temperature of 36ºC and a track measuring 46ºC.


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