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Simón asserts authority in early Saturday run

Simón asserts authority in early Saturday run

Bancaja Aspar’s Julián Simón was the fastest rider on a wet Motegi track in the Saturday morning free practice 2 session.

Ahead of Saturday afternoon’s second qualifying session of 2009 for the 125cc class, preseason paceman and expected title candidate Julián Simón was the quickest rider in Japan on a wet surface at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit in the morning practice.

This afternoon’s QP run is likely to take place in similar conditions so Bancaja Aspar rider Simón (2’15.037s) will be pleased to have topped the timesheets on Saturday morning by a healthy 0.531s margin, ahead of second fastest participant and fellow Spaniard Marc Márquez (Red Bull KTM).

Dominique Aegerter (Ajo Interwetten), Qatar race winner Andrea Iannone (Ongetta Team I.S.P.A) and Sandro Cortese (Ajo Interwetten), who were all fast on Friday, also featured in the top five with late runs.

Danny Webb (Degraaf Grand Prix), Simone Corsi (Jack & Jones Team), 2008 racewinner Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing), Efren Vazquez (Derbi Racing Team) and home rider Tomoyoshi Koyama (Loncin Racing) were all in the top ten.

Webb briefly headed the timesheet himself but then crashed without consequence late in the session and could not improve on his best time. Sergio Gadea suffered a crash too but was soon back on his feet, whilst his Bancaja Aspar team-mate Bradley Smith finished down in 15th after running off late on.


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