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Terol holds momentum in FP3

Terol holds momentum in FP3

Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar) once again finished top of the timesheets in the final practice ahead of the bwin Grande Prémio de Portugal. Rookie Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) was second, ahead of Terol’s Bankia Aspar team mate, Héctor Faubel.

The Spaniard's fastest lap of 1’54.280 beat off opposition from the young British rider by 0.378s to make it a clean sweep for all three sessions. Terol after winning in both Qatar and Jerez, will be aiming to be come the first rider since Masao Azuma in 1999 to win the opening three 125cc GP races of the year.

Practice was held underneath dark clouds with cooler temperatures but the 125cc class managed to escape the predicted rain. After heavy rain and thunderstorms in the night, the session was run in damp conditions. Times were around nine seconds slower than from FP2 yesterday.

Kent who achieved his best finish in 125cc with a fourth place last time out in Spain, was leading the session until Terol snatched the quickest time away from him in the last few minutes. Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar) who has finished second in Estoril in both 2006 and 2007 in the 125cc class was third fastest with a best lap of 1’54.830.

Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) who finished eighth in the re-started race last season at Estoril was fourth (+0.718s), ahead of Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) who appeared frustrated during the final practice with traffic and was the only other rider within a second of Terol’s lap time. Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) who was sixth quickest yesterday in the dry, repeated that form with sixth again in the final practice.

Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton) was seventh fastest, ahead of the third Bankia Aspar rider Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar). Portuguese home favourite Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) was ninth quickest and the last spot in the top ten went to Luis Salom (RW Racing GP).

125cc, 2011, bwin GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, FP3

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