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Terol leads the morning in Phillip Island

Terol leads the morning in Phillip Island

Bankia Aspar star Terol topped a blustery FP3 ahead of Cortese and Salom Saturday morning at the Iveco Australian Grand Prix.

With a substantially stronger wind blowing than the day before, the 125cc class set out for the third practice session at the Phillip Island circuit, with Nico Terol leading the field for the first time this weekend. The wind clearly affected the lightweight bikes, with Terol’s fastest lap of 1'39.482 slightly less than a second slower than the day’s best time set by Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) in the afternoon.

Cortese maintained his quick pace of the day before, though only managed second in timings narrowly trailing Terol by 0.116s. Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) bounced back from a fall on Friday to take the third spot, though with a substantial gap from the two in the front of over half a second behind the German Cortese.

Avant-AirAsia-Ajo’s Johann Zarco, who finally claimed his first ever Grand Prix victory last time out in Japan, finished the morning fourth quickest, seven tenths off of leading man Terol. Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) followed in sixth, with Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) seventh ahead of Zarco’s team mate Efrén Vázquez.

Terol's young team-mate Adrián Martín ranked ninth, three tenths quicker than Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing), who returns to the top ten following a crash yesterday. Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar) was 11th, the last of the riders within 2 seconds of the leading time set by Terol.

Wildcard rider Avalon Biddle (Avalon Biddle Racing) retired early from the weekend following a crash in FP3 that gave the only female rider in the field a minor concussion.


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