2010 Le Mans 125cc FP1 Result - Derbis Dominate French Friday

The Derbis continued their domination of the 125cc class in 2010, with Pol Espargaro of the Tuenti team setting the fastest time in the first session of practice by a whopping half a second. Espargaro finished the day ahead of Red Bull's Marc Marquez and Marquez Ajo teammate Sandro Cortese. Aprilia's opposition was headed by Nico Terol of the Aspar team, but the Spaniard was nearly 1.2 seconds off the pace of Espargaro. Terol's teammate, Bradley Smith, had a difficult start to the weekend, suffering technical problems early on and missing most of the session, ending the day in lowly 18th position.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 44 Pol ESPARGARO DERBI 1'43.908    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ DERBI 1'44.430 0.522 0.522
3 11 Sandro CORTESE DERBI 1'44.669 0.761 0.239
4 40 Nicolas TEROL APRILIA 1'45.104 1.196 0.435
5 14 Johann ZARCO APRILIA 1'45.457 1.549 0.353
6 35 Randy KRUMMENACHER APRILIA 1'45.571 1.663 0.114
7 71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA APRILIA 1'45.636 1.728 0.065
8 12 Esteve RABAT APRILIA 1'45.790 1.882 0.154
9 7 Efren VAZQUEZ DERBI 1'45.826 1.918 0.036
10 99 Danny WEBB APRILIA 1'45.881 1.973 0.055
11 23 Alberto MONCAYO APRILIA 1'46.018 2.110 0.137
12 5 Alexis MASBOU APRILIA 1'46.474 2.566 0.456
13 94 Jonas FOLGER APRILIA 1'46.666 2.758 0.192
14 53 Jasper IWEMA APRILIA 1'47.013 3.105 0.347
15 26 Adrian MARTIN APRILIA 1'47.142 3.234 0.129
16 84 Jakub KORNFEIL APRILIA 1'47.243 3.335 0.101
17 78 Marcel SCHROTTER HONDA 1'47.387 3.479 0.144
18 38 Bradley SMITH APRILIA 1'47.687 3.779 0.300
19 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI APRILIA 1'47.784 3.876 0.097
20 69 Louis ROSSI APRILIA 1'47.862 3.954 0.078
21 51 Riccardo MORETTI APRILIA 1'48.349 4.441 0.487
22 39 Luis SALOM APRILIA 1'48.769 4.861 0.420
23 50 Sturla FAGERHAUG APRILIA 1'48.820 4.912 0.051
24 82 Kevin SZALAI HONDA 1'49.339 5.431 0.519
25 60 Michael VAN DER MARK LAMBRETTA 1'49.628 5.720 0.289
26 83 Morgan BERCHET HONDA 1'50.442 6.534 0.814
27 81 Gregory DI CARLO HONDA 1'50.563 6.655 0.121
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'51.181
  72 Marco RAVAIOLI LAMBRETTA 1'51.664 7.756 1.101
  63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN APRILIA 1'51.754 7.846 0.090
Round Number: 
3
2010
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Comments

Are Derbi pumping massive funding into these bikes or something?

The gaps are huge, nearest aprilia over a second off doesn't seem right and all the Derbi's have been consistently quick all season...

Louis Salom jumps ship from Lambretta to Aprilia? That's too bad for the Lambretta team but it looks like Van Der Mark isn't doing too bad for his first GP outing since Assen 08 and first ride on the Lambretta. Any news on what team Salom joined? Hopefully he'll get a chance to prove himself.

As for Derbi, I think it's just the teams and riders. I believe they are still Aprilia machines, no? I could see that it's a better investment for Piaggio to put the Spanish banner on the bikes of the class that is so popular there.

The Derbis are just Aprilias, with one big difference: They run their own exhaust pipes. Given the critical role of exhausts in two stroke engines, that may be the big difference.

Louis Salom is now riding for the STIPA Molenaar Racing team alongside Randy Krummenacher. Their original rider is out with an injury for the foreseeable future. 

I sent an email (sadly in English) to the EE info email address asking about their bike. It doesn't appear to be a Honda or Aprilia and they describe it as their own project. Do you know how much of that is true or any other details of the Lambretta machine?

As I understand it, the Lambretta is a completely independent design. It has nothing to do with the Loncin (the team is the same), but is a new design. That's all I know about it.