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Terol continues his dominant form to top FP1 in Le Mans

Terol continues his dominant form to top FP1 in Le Mans

Championship leader Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar) made the best possible start to his race weekend for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France by heading the timesheets in the first practice session. Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) was second fastest, with team-mate Johann Zarco in third.

Under clear skies on a cool morning, Round 4 of the 125cc World Championship got underway. It was a Spanish one-two in FP1 and it was very close between them, with the Bankia Aspar rider just edging Vázquez out by a mere 0.099s. Terol has scored a maximum of 75 points so far in the Championship after three straight wins and has set two of the three pole positions this season.

Vázquez finished sixth in the previous race in Portugal and will be looking to improve on his sixth place in the table. Zarco, fresh off the back of two podium places in Jerez and Portugal, made it two Ajo Motorsport riders in the top three. The Frenchman was just under half a second off Terol’s lap time.

Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) who finished outside of the top ten at the race in Estoril was fourth fastest in the morning session, ahead of the second Bankia Aspar rider, Héctor Faubel, who did not finish in Portugal after crashing out of the battle for a podium. Sandro Cortese (Intact-Racing Team Germany) who lies in second in the standings after his rostrum finish at the last race was sixth quickest, 0.822s off the best time.

Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica), looking to bounce back after a difficult Portugal race, set the seventh fastest time this morning. The final three places in the top ten went to Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) who finished an impressive fourth at Estoril in his rookie campaign and lies in seventh overall in the Championship. Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport), third in the rankings, was ninth ahead of the third Bankia Aspar rider Adrián Martín.

French wildcard rider Kevin Thobois (Team RMS) suffered a nasty tumble during the final ten minutes of first practice and was taken off on a stretcher for precautionary measures after appearing to be in some discomfort.

Tags:
125cc, 2011, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, FP1

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