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Terol and Cortese top opening day at Valencia

Terol and Cortese top opening day at Valencia

The 2010 125cc World Championship runner-up was joint fastest of the category with his German rival on the first of three days Testing at the circuit.

The first day of the Valencia Test on Thursday ended with Nico Terol and Sandro Cortese sharing top spot on the unofficial timesheet, as both registered a best lap of 1’41.0. The Bancaja Aspar rider on an Aprilia, who finished last season’s Championship in the runner-up position, and the Racing Team Germany man – also on an Aprilia – were just over four-tenths of a second off Marc Márquez’s 2010 pole lap on a sunny and relatively warm (14ºC ambient temperature) day at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

If there was little surprise at the presence of the experienced duo at the top of the order, the fact that rookie Maverick Viñales (1’41.2) was just 0.2s off their marker in third place was an interesting and exciting development. The Spanish youngster, who in 2010 took the 125cc Spanish National title and scored a second place at the circuit on his way to the crown, was over half a second quicker than his PÊV-Blusens-SMX Paris Hilton team-mate Sergio Gadea (1’41.8) who is making the switch to the category from the Moto2 class.

Registering an identical time to that of Gadea was another rookie, Portuguese rookie Miguel Oliveira. The Andalucia Cajasol rider, who finished runner-up to Viñales in the Spanish Championship last year, was the final man under the 1’42” barrier.

Making it an all-Aprilia top seven were Héctor Faubel (Bancaja Aspar) and 2010 Rookie of the Year Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Cajasol), with Frenchman Johann Zarco of the Ajo Motorsport team the highest placing Derbi machine in eighth. His team-mate Efrén Vázquez completed the top ten, with British talent Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) ninth and with a best time of 1’42.7. Kent’s team-mate Jonas Folger was just outside the top ten in 11th spot.

Full 125cc unofficial times from Thursday at Valencia:

Cortese, Sandro (Racing Team Germany, APRILIA), 1.41.0
Terol, Nico (Bancaja Aspar, APRILIA), 1.41.0
Viñales, Maverick (PEV-Blusens-SMX Paris Hilton, APRILIA), 1.41.2
Gadea, Sergio (PEV-Blusens-SMX Paris Hilton, APRILIA), 1.41.8
Oliveira, Miguel (Andalucia Cajasol, APRILIA), 1.41.8
Faubel, Héctor (Bancaja Aspar, APRILIA), 1.42.0
Moncayo, Alberto (Andalucia Cajasol, APRILIA), 1.42.3
Zarco, Johan (Ajo Motorsport, DERBI), 1.42.5
Kent, Danny (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport, DERBI), 1.42.7
Vázquez, Efrén (Ajo Motorsport, DERBI), 1.43.0
Folger, Jonas (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport, DERBI), 1.43.1
Hiroki, Ono (Caretta Technology Race Dept., KTM), 1.44.0
MacKenzie, Taylor (Worldwide Race, APRILIA), 1.44.8
Schrotter, Marcel (Mahindra Racing, MAHINDRA), 1.44.8
Grotzkyj, Simone (Worldwide Race, APRILIA), 1.45.0
Webb, Danny (Mahindra Racing, MAHINDRA), 1.45.6
Kartheininger, Daniel (Caretta Technology Race Dept., KTM), 1.46.0
Pedone, Giulian (Worldwide Race, APRILIA), 1.46.5

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125cc, 2011

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