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Cortese on top in damp first practice

Cortese on top in damp first practice

Sandro Cortese led the 125cc field in the first practice outing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, with Johann Zarco second and Adrián Martín third quickest. Championship leader Nicolas Terol was tenth in the line up.

The 125cc class took to a damp track for the first session of the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, the final round of 2011 and last event for the single cylinder machines as the two stroke era comes to a close.

A fastest lap of 1’56.928 from Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) made him the quickest rider in FP1 at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, with Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) just 0.002s behind the German rider. Martín (Bankia Aspar) was four tenths off the Frenchman to post the third fastest time despite a crash in the final minutes of the outing.

Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) posted the fourth quickest lap with a time of 1'57.815, with the remainder of the field a full second off the lead time of Cortese with Marcel Schrötter (Mahindra Racing) completing the top five riders.

Bankia Aspar’s Nicolas Terol posted tenth quickest with a best time of 1'59.549, the title contender no doubt riding carefully as the slippery track claimed no fewer than ten riders in the field, including leader Cortese who had a highside at the close of the session. The German fell in the middle of the track but managed to get back on his bike to make his way back to pit lane.

Tags:
125cc, 2011, GRAN PREMIO GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, FP1

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