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Terol continues to dominate in Estoril

Terol continues to dominate in Estoril

Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar) set the fastest time for the second practice by a large margin for the bwin Grande Prémio de Portugal after leading the way in the first practice earlier in the day. Sandro Cortese (Intact-Racing Team Germany) was second quickest and Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) was third.

With much warmer temperatures from the first practice session, conditions were still humid in the sunshine at Estoril. On a bumpy track, the Spaniard’s nearest challenger was 0.708s off his fastest lap time of 1’46.385. Terol who is on a mission to win his third consecutive race of the season went 1.4s quicker than he managed in FP1.

Cortese finished second in Portugal in 2009 and after starting from pole in Jerez in the previous race, will be looking to continue his momentum. The only Derbi in the top ten was that of the Frenchman who secured his best ever finish in 125cc at Jerez. The other nine bikes were all Aprilia machines. Zarco was 1.064s behind Terol’s best time.

Terol’s Bankia Aspar team mate Héctor Faubel was fourth fastest and was victorious on his last visit to Portugal in the 125cc class when he won here in 2007. The Spaniard has of course competed here since in the intermediate and Moto2 class.

Team Andalucía Banca Cívica had both their riders in a solid top six with Miguel Oliveira and Alberto Moncayo in fifth and six. It was another pairing of team-mates in seventh and eighth with Jonas Folger and Danny Kent riding for Red Bull Ajo Motorsport. The young British rider had his best ever finish in the 125cc with a fourth place at the previous round.

Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) was in ninth ahead of the third Bankia Aspar rider competing the top ten, Adrián Martín. The top ten riders were covered by 2.147s.

Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) slid off into the gravel at the beginning of the 40-minute session but was able to make it back to the pits to continue. German wildcard rider Kevin Hanus (Team Hanusch) had a front end crash at the chicane and appeared to injure his left hand.

Tags:
125cc, 2011, bwin GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, FP2

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