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Terol tops Motegi opener

Terol tops Motegi opener

The Bankia Aspar rider set the pace in the opening practice ahead of Zarco and Viñales at the Grand Prix of Japan.

Track action for round 14 of the 125cc World Championship opened with current standings leader Nico Terol and his main title rival Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) resume their familiar positions at the top of the timings, with the Spaniard sneaking in an ultra fast lap in the dying seconds of the session, six tenths faster than the Frenchman, to take the fastest time.

Terol was the only rider with a time under 2 minutes with a best lap of 1’59.436. While the gap to Zarco was substantial, the margin between the Frenchman and the remarkable rookie Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing), fresh off the back of his podium at Aragón, was less than three tenths. Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) was a further half second behind Viñales, with Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) following Vázquez by a mere 0.015s.

A tight group of Spaniards comprised of Luis Salom (RW Racing), Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Banca Civica) and Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) all followed within a tenth or less from each other in sixth, seventh and eighth position on the time charts, followed by Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) who put down a best lap of 2'01.233.

Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar) arrived fit to ride after crashing out at Aragón to land tenth fastest in the session.

Four Japanese wild card riders join the single cylinder class this weekend, with a notable performance by Kikari Ookubo (18 Garage Racing), who topped the times in the first 10 minutes and lapped within the top ten to end the session 14th, while Jun Ohnishi (Project u 7C HARC) had an early fall and was not able to rejoin the session.

125cc, 2011, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, FP1

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