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Barberá comes back strongest from brief 250cc break

Barberá comes back strongest from brief 250cc break

Spaniard fastest in quarter-litre class’ first Free Practice session in Germany.

Héctor Barberá came back from a three-week break for the 250cc class by putting his name at the top of the Free Practice one timesheet. The PepeWorld rider was able to improve upon his own fastest lap in the final minutes of the run, eventually posting a best time of 1’24.951.

The Spaniard was nearly half a second quicker than rival Marco Simoncelli, the category’s World Champion and 2008 Sachsenring racewinner. Clocking almost exactly the same time as Simoncelli was fellow Italian Mattia Pasini, whose Team Toth outfit once again had their participation thrown into doubt before the Friday session.

Alex Debón and Mike di Meglio also showed renewed energy in the top five, whilst the main title contenders could be found further down the results sheet. Scot Racing’s Hiroshi Aoyama, the series leader, was seventh quickest, whilst Álvaro Bautista could only muster eleventh –nearly a full second behind Barberá.

There was a big sliding lowside for Shoya Tomizawa in the run, although he walked away unharmed from the incident.


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