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125: Espargaro leads in Qatar

Pol Espargaro set the fastest lap time during the first track session of the 2010 grand prix season - 125cc free practice, held at Qatar on Friday night.

The Tuenti Racing rider led team-mate Efren Vasquez by 0.312sec by the end of the one hour session for the only remaining two-stroke class, in which Derbi swept the top four places.

Third place went to Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider Marc Marquez, who had knocked countryman Espargaro from the top with five minutes to go, with German Sandro Cortese the top non-Spaniard in fourth.

Reigning champion Julian Simon has moved to Moto2 for 2010 and his replacement, Nicolas Terol, claimed fifth place on his Aspar Aprilia debut.

Terol's team-mate and 2009 title runner-up Bradley Smith had a more troubled session, being left down in twelfth place and over 2.7sec off the pace after spending plenty of time in the pits in search of an effective set-up.

Fellow Briton Danny Webb displayed more speed, but fell from fifth place with 20mins to go and was unable to continue, dropping him to tenth by the flag.

Friday practice - Qatar:

1. Espargaro (Derbi) 2min 7.218s
2. Vazquez (Derbi) +0.312sec
3. Marquez (Derbi) +0.374sec
4. Cortese (Derbi) +0.952sec
5. Terol (Aprilia) +1.236sec
6. Krummenacher (Aprilia) +1.761sec
7. Zarco (Aprilia) +1.904sec
8. Rabat (Aprilia) +1.864sec
9. Koyama (Aprilia) +1.982sec
10. Webb (Aprilia) +2.043sec

12. Smith (Aprilia) +2.727sec

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AG - Unregistered

April 10, 2010 8:01 AM

Well folks not a mention of it on here as usual, no original journalism. I’ve been on this site for a few months just for the wind really, you may recognize the names, Juan Kerr, Renzo Ripsnorter, Bright N Hurley, Dustin Hough who are all retired. But to witness what I witnessed last night from Moto 2 was truly awesome. If you have Sky plus go to 12 or 13 minutes from the end and watch Scott Redding put in the then fastest lap, to see a young man, no boy come round that final corner like Jason Crump was unbelievable. IF IT WAS CASEY OR NICKY PEOPLE WOULD BE DROOLING. So COME ON you Brits out there let’s get behind this lad. This is real head to nose stuff. He’s going to be our best chance since Bazza to win something, at this level, and I don’t say this lightly. I have been involved with racing ( motocross and road) for 42 years and he’s one of the best from our shores.

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