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Final Night Test For 250s And 125s - Smith And Bautista Fastest Over Two Days

Results for the final test of the year for 125 and 250 classes, before the MotoGP series kicks off in earnest at Qatar on Friday night.

Qatar night test 250 results, day 2, Tuesday

Pos. Rider Time
1 Alvaro BAUTISTA 2'00.496
2 Hiroshi AOYAMA 2'00.873
3 Hector BARBERA 2'00.922
4 Mike DI MEGLIO 2'00.946
5 Roberto LOCATELLI 2'01.061
6 Karel ABRAHAM 2'01.094
7 Raffaele DE ROSA 2'01.129
8 Thomas LUTHI 2'01.152
9 Mattia PASINI 2'01.170
10 Ratthapark WILAIROT 2'01.222
11 Alex DEBON 2'01.563
12 Jules CLUZEL 2'01.719
13 Gabor TALMACSI 2'01.772
14 Lukas PESEK 2'01.797
15 Alex BALDOLINI 2'02.249
16 Hector FAUBEL 2'02.293
17 Shoya TOMIZAWA 2'02.781
18 Imre TOTH 2'03.733
19 Axel PONS 2'05.293
20 Vladimir LEONOV 2'06.892
21 Aitor RODRIGUEZ 2'08.559
22 Bastien CHESAUX 2'10.020

Qatar night test 125 results, day 2, Tuesday

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2009 Jerez 125 Afternoon Session - Simon Unstoppable Again

In the 125cc class, the afternoon session of the final day at Jerez followed the same pattern of almost every other session here so far. Bancaja Aspar's Julian Simon dominated completely, leading the field by over 7/10ths of a second. Simon has opted to fit an older version of the forks to his Aprilia RSA, whilst others, such as Danny Webb, are using the 2009 version, which are causing problems for some riders. For now, Simon's decision has paid off very well indeed.

The race for second was a lot closer, KTM's Marc Marquez taking second spot by just two thousandths of a second from Sandro Cortese on the Ajo Aprilia, while Derbi's Pol Espargaro - riding hurt after a crash - took fourth just a few hundredths behind. Simon's team mate Sergio Gadea rounded out the top 5.

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2009 Jerez IRTA Test 250s and 125s Day 3 Update - Simoncelli And Iannone

The final day of testing for the junior classes at Jerez is well underway, and after a cloudy and chilly start, the sun is out and it's warming up nicely. Out on track, the riders are filling the air with the sweet smell of two stroke fumes, but the lap times set so far are still slower than the faster times of yesterday and Wednesday.

In the 250 class, it's Marco Simoncelli who's topping the timesheets as of midday ahead of Hector Barbera, who has just pushed Hiroshi Aoyama down into third. Alvaro Bautista is down in 11th, though the Spaniard has yet to run many laps.

For the 125 boys, Julian Simon just leapt to the top of the timesheets, deposing Andrea Iannone from the top spot he had held previously. Stefan Bradl is in third, a huge improvement after a few difficult days, and after crashing and bruising his hand yesterday. Britain's Bradley Smith is sixth fastest,  two places ahead of Scott Redding. American Cameron Beaubier is yet to take to the track.

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2009 IRTA Test 125 Class - Day 2 - Simon Continues Reign Of Terror

The sun is shining, temperatures are soaring, and you'll never guess who's the fastest of the 125 riders on the second day of the official IRTA test at Jerez. Coming as a complete shock to absolutely no one, Bancaja Aspar's Julian Simon continued to top the timesheets, leading from Red Bull KTM's Spanish flyweight Marc Marquez in the morning, and Ongetta Team's Andrea Iannone in the afternoon. The only bright spot on the horizon - apart that is from the hot Andalucian sun - is that Simon's margin over the competition has dropped, with Marquez getting to within a tenth of a second, while Iannone closed the gap to just 0.065 seconds. 

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2009 IRTA Test 125 Class - Day 1 - Simon Dominates Once Again

The first day of testing for the 125 class at Jerez saw Julian Simon continue his domination of preseason testing. The 125 class returnee - Simon raced in the 250 class with Repsol KTM last year - has topped almost every session of 125 testing he has participated in this winter, and he doesn't look like slowing down.

Only Andrea Iannone managed to better Simon this morning, but the Italian Aprilia rider had to cede over a second to the Spaniard in the afternoon. Simon's compatriot Marc Marquez was the other man to be near the top of the timesheets, finishing third fastest in the morning, and fourth fastest in the afternoon.

British rider Bradley Smith was the worst of the Bancaja Aspar riders, finishing in 11th and 7th spot behind his team mates Julian Simon and Sergio Gadea. Smith is one of the title favorites for 2009, but he has yet to make the kind of impression in testing that his team mate Simon has. Fellow Brits Scott Redding and Danny Webb were further down the order, Redding finishing 9th and 10th, while Webb only managed the 20th and 18th fastest times, despite having an Aprilia RSA at his disposal.

Haojue won the battle of the Chinese manufacturers in the morning, Michi Ranseder finishing ahead of Loncin rider Alex Masbou, but the roles were reversed in the afternoon, with Masbou taking the 24th time, just ahead of Ranseder.

Cameron Beaubier, the sole American in the 125 class, finished a respectable 14th in the afternoon, up five places from the morning. Beaubier, who came up from the Red Bull Rookies cup last year, is having a solid debut so far.

Testing continues tomorrow.

Session 2 times (afternoon session) 

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2009 Estoril 125 And 250 Test - Day 2 - Simon Crushes All-Comers, Barbera Tops 250s

Day two of tiddler testing in Portugal saw Julian Simon continue his reign of terror, setting the quickest lap of the session just a fraction off lap record pace, and well over a second quicker than second place man Pol Espargaro to boot. Places 2 through 5 were very close together, just a over a tenth separating Espargaro, Andrea Iannone, Bradley Smith and Sandro Cortese. British riders Scott Redding and Danny Webb finished down the field in 9th and 11th respectively, Webb one place ahead of former race winner Stefan Bradl, who in turn was one place ahead of remarkable rookie Lorenzo Savadori.

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2009 Estoril 125 And 250 Test - Day 1 - Simoncelli And Simon Fastest Again

The first day of testing at the penultimate test for the 250 and 125 classes saw a fairly full field take to the track, particularly in the 250 class. For Marco Simoncelli, it was the first time to get a good look at the competition he will be facing this year, and going solely by the timesheets, he would seem to have the measure of them.

As ever, though, things are not quite that simple. Alvaro Bautista, down there in a lowly 10th spot, spent much of the day lapping without a transponder, and so his times are at best unreliable. But what is clear is that Simoncelli's first day times are respectable, already faster than the fastest race lap set in 2008, though still three quarters of a second off the race record. Hector Barbera was only a fraction slower, while new boy Mike di Meglio showed just how quickly he is getting up to speed by setting the third fastest time. Simoncelli crashed during the session, but walked away unhurt.

In the 125 class, Julian Simon continued his strong showing in testing, leading the way once again by half a second over Sandro Cortese. Bradley Smith was third quickest, three quarters of a second slower than his Aspar team mate Simon. The big surprise for the 125 boys were the large gaps between the riders, with three seconds difference between Simon and British rider Scott Redding in 10th, who also has a factory spec RSA Aprilia at his disposal.

One place ahead of Redding was the Italian and European 125 champion Lorenzo Savadori. The 15-year-old Italian has made terrific progress during testing, and is definitely a rider to watch for the future. Savadori finished just behind Danny Webb, the De Graaf Grand Prix rider who is entering his third season of 125 GPs, and will also have an RSA spec Aprilia this season.

Testing continues on Monday and Tuesday.

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