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Terol sustains lead at Montmeló

Terol sustains lead at Montmeló

Current 125 Championship leader Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar) again set the fastest time of the day in a wet second practice session at this weekend’s Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya. German rider Sandro Cortese (Intact-Racing Team Germany) also set a second fastest time of the day, followed by Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team’s Maverick Viñales.

The top riding times were set early in the second practice session of the weekend, with Terol´s leading time of 1’54.691, nearly 1.5s slower than his fastest FP1 time. Sandro Cortese followed Terol finishing second quickest with a time of 1'55.484, more than 2s slower than his best FP1 time. Viñales completed the top three with a best of 1'55.660 trailing his earlier time of 1'54.060 which had set him in sixth in the earlier FP1.

The practice was interrupted 27 minutes in when the skies opened and drenched the track. All the 125 class riders retreated to the garages when the practice was declared wet then remained inside to wait out the worst part of the downpour. Only after 10 minutes did some of the riders venture back out to the rainy track, thus affecting the overall practice times.

Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) set a fourth fastest time of 1'56.003, follwed by Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) with a 1’56.691, followed by Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) drawing a 1’57.837, more than 3s slower than his FP1 time that set him in fourth.

Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) came in sixth with a time of 1'56.890, with Niklas Ajo (TT Motion Events Racing) setting a seventh fastest of the field just 0.032s behind the German Folger.

Completing the top ten were Simone Grotzkyj (Phonica Racing) in eighth and Luigi Morciano (Team Italia FMI) in ninth. The Italian Morciano led the first few laps of the practice earlier, before Terol knocked him off the top and remained there. In tenth was the Brit Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) who set a time of 1'57.083, nearly 2.5s slower than his FP1 time.

Zulfahmi Khairuddin (AirAsia-SIC-Ajo) was the first casualty to succumb to the slick conditions, highsiding in the turn 10 Caixa corner. He was followed by Spaniard Maverick Viñales, who fortunately had been able to set his fast time earlier in the session.

Tags:
125cc, 2011, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, FP2

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