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125: Smith sets the pace at Phillip Island

Bradley Smith fastest during wet Friday practice for the 125cc Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island - Danny Kent third!
Bradley Smith set the pace by almost one-second during a wet, windy and delayed 125cc free practice session at Phillip Island in Australia on Friday.

The Aspar Aprilia rider took first place from title leader Marc Marquez with one minute to go, then pushed his advantage up to 0.925sec on his 20th and final lap.

Marquez regained the 125cc championship advantage with his eighth victory of the season last time out in Malaysia, in very different conditions.

But the challenging weather did help 16-year-old Danny Kent show his talent.

The young Briton, riding in only his fourth grand prix, setting the third fastest lap time for Lambretta, less than two tenths from the Ajo Derbi of Marquez.

Nico Terol, who starts round 14 three points behind title leader Marc Marquez, was fifth fastest with Pol Espargaro, the third and final of the 2010 title contenders, seventh for Tuenti Derbi.


Friday practice – Phillip Island:

1. Smith (Aprilia) 1m 54.547s
2. Marquez (Derbi) +0.925s
3. Kent (Lambretta) +1.108s
4. Cortese (Derbi) +1.136s
5. Terol (Aprilia) +1.373s
6. Zarco (Aprilia) +2.201s
7. Espargaro (Derbi) +2.626s
8. Koyama (Aprilia) +3.049s
9. Krummenacher (Aprilia) +3.051s
10. Grotzkyj (Aprilia) +3.091s

13. Webb (Aprilia) +3.542s



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UPS - Unregistered

October 15, 2010 7:22 AM

Danny Kent continues to impress. If it's a wet race the Lambretta's deficiencies won't be such a disadvantage and he could get a good result, assuming the bike will actually make it to the end for once. Hope Bradley Smith can finally win one this season too.

Greener02 - Unregistered

October 15, 2010 9:06 AM

If only Danny Kent was on a better bike, lets hope he can get on an aprilia next year. But is it true that Harold Bartol is running his own modified KTM next year with Danny Kent as his test rider??



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