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Terol tightens his grip in final practice at Le Mans

Terol tightens his grip in final practice at Le Mans

Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar) was again fastest in the third and final practice ahead of qualifying for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) was second splitting the Bankia Aspars and relegating Héctor Faubel to third.

Under blue skies, the forty minute third practice was a relatively calm affair with no incidents. As the temperatures were much cooler compared to those of FP2, only 14 riders managed to improve their time set yesterday. This is the 23rd occasion that Le Mans has hosted a Grand Prix event, including the Grand Prix “Vitesse du Mans” in 1991, which is the only year that two Grand Prix events have been held in France in the same year.

Terol’s best lap in third practice was 1’44.014 which was just over three-tenths slower than his fastest lap from Friday. The Spaniard has been the quickest man of the weekend in all three sessions and will be aiming for victory this weekend, to become the first rider to win the opening four 125cc GP races of the year since Fausto Gresini (Garelli) in 1987. The Aprilia rider has finished on the podium at the last twelve 125cc GP races, a sequence that started with the Brno race last year.

Zarco was just over half a second off Terol’s quickest lap, but was the highest placed rider to improve his lap time from yesterday. Twenty year-old Zarco will be aiming to be the first French rider to finish on the rostrum in the 125cc class at Le Mans since Mike de Meglio’s win in 2008.

Faubel, who has 22 podiums to his name from his time in the 125cc and 250cc classes, was third quickest, 0.865s behind Terol and was one spot ahead of his other fellow Bankia Aspar rider, Adrián Martín. Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo), the second Derbi in the top ten, was fifth fastest at a further 1.176s off the quickest time.

Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport), one of three German riders competing in the 125cc class was sixth, ahead of Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) who achieved his best finish so far in his rookie season with fourth in Estoril. Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) was eighth, 1.660s off the pace.

Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) was ninth fastest, ahead of Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team), who qualified on pole at Le Mans in 2008. Gadea was one of the select riders to improve his lap from yesterday.


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