Pepe World Aprilia's Hector Barbera proved untouchable during Friday free practice for the 250cc San Marino Grand Prix at Misano.

The Spaniard, who will graduate to MotoGP next season, was rarely threatened and finished the session with a 0.472sec advantage over home star Mattia Pasini (Toth Aprilia), with championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama 0.836sec from the top in third for Scot Honda.

Alvaro Bautista (Aspar Aprilia), who starts round twelve 16 points behind Aoyama, was one place behind the Japanese in practice with reigning 250cc world champion Macro Simoncelli (Metis Gilera) only seventh in front of his home fans.

Friday practice - Misano:

1. Barbera (Aprilia) 1min 39.212sec
2. Pasini (Aprilia) +0.472sec
3. Aoyama (Honda) +0.836sec
4. Bautista (Aprilia) +0.977sec
5. di Meglio (Aprilia) +1.050sec
6. Faubel (Honda) +1.578sec
7. Simoncelli (Gilera) +1.639sec
8. Debon (Aprilia) +1.859sec
9. Cluzel (Aprilia) +1.885sec
10. Wilairot (Honda) +1.894sec

25. Markham (Aprilia) +7.491sec

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