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125: Smith starts fastest at Valencia

Bradley Smith fastest during Friday free practice (2) for the Valencia 125cc Grand Prix.
Bradley Smith began his final race weekend in the 125cc class by outpacing title contenders Marc Marquez and Nico Terol during Friday practice for the Valencia season finale.

Smith finished the afternoon 0.103s clear of Ajo Derbi rider Marquez, with Smith's Aspar Aprilia team-mate Terol 0.398s behind the Englishman in third.

World championship leader Marquez holds a 17-point advantage over fellow Spaniard Terol heading into Sunday's title showdown. Neither rider has been a world champion before.

If Marquez wins the race on Sunday he will match the all-time 125cc record of eleven wins in a season, set by Valentino Rossi in 1997.

Fourth fastest was Tuenti Derbi's Efren Vasquez, with team-mate and former title contender Pol Espargaro in fifth.


Friday practice (2) - Valencia:

1. Smith (Aprilia) 1m 40.116s
2. Marquez (Derbi) +0.103s
3. Terol (Aprilia) +0.398s
4. Vazquez (Derbi) +0.603s
5. Espargaro (Derbi) +0.744s
6. Cortese (Derbi) +1.603s
7. Martin (Aprilia) +1.658s
8. Rabat (Aprilia) +1.824s
9. Zarco (Aprilia) +1.876s
10. Salom (Aprilia) +2.099s

14. Webb (Aprilia) +2.721s
21. Kent (Lambretta) +4.047s
26. Mackenzie (Honda) +4.935s
29. McPhee (Honda) +5.582s


Tagged as: Bradley Smith , Valencia , 125

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hoppy

November 05, 2010 6:59 PM

Although a would love to see Smiffy do well this weekend,for once i will curtail my patriotism and hope for Marquez to win and take the title in style.The guy deserves it and make no mistake.

Southerner

November 05, 2010 3:10 PM

Good run by Bradley.Problem for Nico is that Bradley cannot help him other than to run Marc into the gravel.The Gods intervened last weekend,but Marc still did that Herculean thing.Reckon they will smile on him the rest of the weekend.



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