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.

250 cc

Pos.RiderBikeTime
1Marco SimoncelliGilera1'41.282
2Hector BarberaAprilia1'41.299
3Mike di MeglioAprilia1'42.011
4Alex DebonAprilia1'42.668
5Gabor TalmacsiAprilia1'42.804
6Roberto LocatelliGilera1'42.807
7Lukas PesekAprilia1'42.951
8Thomas LuthiAprilia1'42.979
9Karel AbrahamAprilia1'43.307
10Alvaro BautistaAprilia1'43.687
11Axel PonsAprilia1'47.200

Circuit record: 2007, Alvaro Bautista, Aprilia, 1'40.521

125 cc

Pos.RiderBikeTime
1Julian SimonAprilia1'45.864
2Sandro CorteseDerbi1'46.341
3Bradley SmithAprilia1'46.624
4Pol EspargaroDerbi1'47.251
5Sergio GadeaAprilia1'47.252
6Stefan BradlAprilia1'47.651
7Joan OliveDerbi1'47.697
8Danny WebbAprilia1'48.379
9Lorenzo SavadoriAprilia1'48.560
10Scott ReddingAprilia1'48.884
11Esteve RabatAprilia1'48.918
12Dominique AegerterDerbi1'49.089
13Randy KrummenacherAprilia1'50.774
14Efren VasquezDerbi1'55.896

Circuit record: 2007, Gabor Talmacsi, Aprilia, 1'45.027

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