2009 Assen 250cc FP1 Result - Bautista Takes First Blood

Alvaro Bautista took control of the first session of free practice for the 250cc class late on in the session, after Marco Simoncelli stood in top spot for much of the first half of the session. Bautista had to hold off a storming Hector Barbera, Barbera coming up just under 2/10ths short of his fellow Spaniard's time. Mike di Meglio finished the session 3rd fastest, putting the Aspar bikes in 1st and 3rd places on the timesheets. Fresh from his announcement of signing for the Gresini Honda team, Marco Simoncelli could only managed the 7th fastest time, over a second behind his title rival Bautista.

But much of the excitement in the session focused around the Team Toth pit box. After reports of unpaid bills, and promises of bank transfers, the Toth bikes stayed eerily silent for the first half of the session, the bikes stuck firmly inside the garage. It was only at the halfway mark that Pasini took to the track, followed shortly after by team mate Imre Toth, a last-minute deal finally being reached to solve the problem. The episode seemed to provide Mattia Pasini with a great deal of motivation, for the Italian was up into the top 3 within a few laps, finishing the session in 5th spot behind Alex Debon.

Results of the 250cc FP1:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA APRILIA 1'40.817    
2 40 Hector BARBERA APRILIA 1'41.002 0.185 0.185
3 63 Mike DI MEGLIO APRILIA 1'41.472 0.655 0.470
4 6 Alex DEBON APRILIA 1'41.680 0.863 0.208
5 75 Mattia PASINI APRILIA 1'41.710 0.893 0.030
6 52 Lukas PESEK APRILIA 1'41.832 1.015 0.122
7 58 Marco SIMONCELLI GILERA 1'41.866 1.049 0.034
8 4 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'41.941 1.124 0.075
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO APRILIA 1'42.482 1.665 0.541
10 12 Thomas LUTHI APRILIA 1'42.502 1.685 0.020
11 15 Roberto LOCATELLI GILERA 1'42.539 1.722 0.037
12 55 Hector FAUBEL HONDA 1'42.674 1.857 0.135
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM APRILIA 1'42.744 1.927 0.070
14 35 Raffaele DE ROSA HONDA 1'42.817 2.000 0.073
15 25 Alex BALDOLINI APRILIA 1'42.888 2.071 0.071
16 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT HONDA 1'42.890 2.073 0.002
17 16 Jules CLUZEL APRILIA 1'42.900 2.083 0.010
18 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA HONDA 1'44.250 3.433 1.350
19 10 Imre TOTH APRILIA 1'45.039 4.222 0.789
20 80 Stevie BONSEY APRILIA 1'45.428 4.611 0.389
21 7 Axel PONS APRILIA 1'45.493 4.676 0.065
22 56 Vladimir LEONOV APRILIA 1'45.837 5.020 0.344
23 53 Valentin DEBISE HONDA 1'45.899 5.082 0.062
24 54 Toby MARKHAM HONDA 1'47.246 6.429 1.347
Round Number: 
7
2009
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