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Eventful Thursday morning at Montmeló

Eventful Thursday morning at Montmeló

It was a busy morning at the Circuit de Catalunya for the first half of the second day’s testing, as the Moto2 and 125cc riders continued with six riders falling and Kenny Noyes fastest.

Good weather met the Moto2 and 125cc riders present at Montmeló on Thursday morning, as a number of riders amassed further laps in their bids to continue learning their bikes. The wet conditions from yesterday were still present in some areas however as six riders crashed.

The fastest time of the early session was set by Jack&Jones by A. Banderas team rider Kenny Noyes, and the American’s 27 laps registered a 1’49.9, the only sub-1’50” lap before 1pm. Next up was Roberto Rolfo (Italtrans STR) with a 1’50”, but he fell on his fourth lap and injured his left shoulder, and was taken to hospital. Team-mate Robertino Pietri was more fortunate, lapping 26 times.

Tech3 duo Raffaele de Rosa and Yuki Takahashi did not ride on Wednesday but both did today, with the Japanese rider timing a 1’50.6 and his Italian team-mate under a second behind.

Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) managed five laps before sliding out on a wet patch, having ridden for less than 15 minutes on his RSV chassis. Thomas Lüthi of the Interwetten Moriwaki Racing team fell early in the day, and Alex Debón (Team Aeroport de Castelló) crashed on his first lap – his engine was undamaged and he should be riding again on Friday. Fonsi Nieto (G22 HolidayGym) also came in after a fall on his sixth lap.

Elsewhere, Joan Olivé (Jack&Jones by A. Banderas) took in 36 laps, whilst Sergio Gadea and Axel Pons of the Pons Kalex team were not concentrating on times. The first rider out on track for the day was Scott Redding, with the Marc VDS Racing Team rider lapping 24 times in a best lap of 1’52.9; team-mate Vincent Lonbois was marginally quicker.

Karel Abraham’s first ride of the test on his RSV took in six laps (1’54.4), whilst Technomag-CIP duo Dominique Aegerter and Shoya Tomizawa both rode 26 laps, the Japanese rider just over a second faster in 1’50.1.

In the Blusens-STX box Yonny Hérnandez (25 laps) and Mashel Al Naimi (32 laps) registered 1’51.1 and 1’53” respectively, Forward Racing’s Jules Cluzel and Claudio Corti completed over 20 laps each and an identical time of 1’50.8, and Kiefer Racing duo Stefan Bradl (1’54”, 35 laps) and Vladimir Leonov (1’53”, 24 laps) also enjoyed track time.

Of the 125cc riders Nico Terol was fastest in 1’53.7 over 17 laps, with Bancaja Aspar team-mate Bradley Smith a second slower after riding 21 laps. Marc Márquez (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) crashed after sliding on spilt oil, whilst Efrén Vazquez (1´53.8, 25 laps), Pol Espargaró (1’55”, 23 laps) and Alberto Moncayo (1’57.4, 25 laps) also rode.

Moto2, 2010

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