2009 Sepang 250cc FP1 Result - Aoyama Strikes First Blow

Hiroshi Aoyama struck the first blow in the battle for the 250cc championship at Sepang, the Japanese rider setting the fastest time of the day in the dying seconds of first session of free practice. It had taken much of the session until Aoyama was up to speed, though. For the first 40 minutes, Aoyama languished mid-pack with his main title rival Marco Simoncelli, but with 20 minutes to go, the Scot Honda rider picked up the pace, eventually taking top spot.

Aoyama had to depose Alex Debon to take 1st, pushing the Spaniard down into 2nd. There was pleasant surprise for the local media, with Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot taking 3rd place, and even looking capable of setting the fastest time at one point, before losing out in the final section. Mike di Meglio rounds out the top 4, ahead of Alvaro Bautista and Hector Barbera.

Barbera had been fast early on, making a point to his team boss Sito Pons. Barbera claims that he has not received a large part of his salary from Pons, and threatened not to ride, only taking to the track after a few minutes. Simone Corsi has previously left the Pons team after a similar dispute over money.

Marco Simoncelli, meanwhile, ended the day down in 10th, a second and a quarter off of Hiroshi Aoyama's fastest time. If they finish this way on Sunday, Aoyama would be champion, but there's a long way to go yet.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 4 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 2'07.875    
2 6 Alex DEBON APRILIA 2'07.888 0.013 0.013
3 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT HONDA 2'07.927 0.052 0.039
4 63 Mike DI MEGLIO APRILIA 2'07.973 0.098 0.046
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA APRILIA 2'08.159 0.284 0.186
6 40 Hector BARBERA APRILIA 2'08.285 0.410 0.126
7 75 Mattia PASINI APRILIA 2'08.763 0.888 0.478
8 52 Lukas PESEK APRILIA 2'08.852 0.977 0.089
9 35 Raffaele DE ROSA HONDA 2'09.120 1.245 0.268
10 58 Marco SIMONCELLI GILERA 2'09.137 1.262 0.017
11 12 Thomas LUTHI APRILIA 2'09.159 1.284 0.022
12 55 Hector FAUBEL HONDA 2'09.209 1.334 0.050
13 16 Jules CLUZEL APRILIA 2'09.635 1.760 0.426
14 25 Alex BALDOLINI APRILIA 2'09.804 1.929 0.169
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM APRILIA 2'09.816 1.941 0.012
16 73 Shuhei AOYAMA HONDA 2'09.858 1.983 0.042
17 15 Roberto LOCATELLI GILERA 2'10.001 2.126 0.143
18 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA HONDA 2'10.072 2.197 0.071
19 7 Axel PONS APRILIA 2'12.612 4.737 2.540
20 53 Valentin DEBISE HONDA 2'12.919 5.044 0.307
21 56 Vladimir LEONOV APRILIA 2'13.159 5.284 0.240
22 8 Bastien CHESAUX APRILIA 2'13.265 5.390 0.106
23 11 Balazs NEMETH APRILIA 2'13.414 5.539 0.149
24 10 Imre TOTH APRILIA 2'14.116 6.241 0.702
Round Number: 
16
2009
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