On opening day in Jerez
Alvaro Bautista picked up from where he left off on the first day of 250cc testing for the 2009 grid, repeating his timesheet-topping performance from the final run of last season.
The Aspar rider was the star of the show at the Circuito
de Jerez in southern Spain on Monday, opening the three-day residency for the quarter-litre riders with a 1´44.351 lap.
Three-tenths of a second behind Bautista´s time, Emmi-Caffe Latte´s Thomas Luthi was the closest to matching the Spaniard´s marker. Also breaching the 1´45 barrier, Thai Honda rider Ratthapark Wilairot was third quickest on day one.
Hiroshi Aoyama, Gabor Talmacsi and Mike di Meglio also had positive days with their new teams. Aoyama testing for the first time with Team Scot Honda after an anxious wait for a new ride. Di Meglio suffered a small crash, but will be back on track on Tuesday.
Julian Simon made it an Aspar clean sweep with the quickest time in 125cc, the Spaniard himself ahead of teammate Bradley Smith. Simon was the only 125cc rider to go round the Jerez circuit in under 1´49, half a second quicker than his British counterpart. Marc Marquez, Sandro Cortese, Scott Redding and Sergio Gadea were other riders to place in the fastest six of the day.
Testing in Jerez continues on Tuesday.
Jerez Test – Day One – 125cc unofficial lap-times :
1.-Julian Simon (Aprilia) 1.48.875 (44l)
2.-Bradley Smith (Aprilia) 1.49.313 (48l)
3.-Marc Marquez (KTM) 1.50.300 (38l)
4.- Sandro Cortese (Derbi) 1.50.710
5.-Scott Redding (Aprilia) 1.50.
6.-Sergio Gadea (Aprilia) 1.51.115 (33l)
7.-Esteve Rabat (Aprilia) 1.51.891 (26l)
8.-Dominique Aegerter (Derbi) 1.52.204 (15l)
9.-Cameron Beaubier (KTM) 1.52.598
Jerez Test – Day One – 250cc unofficial lap-times:
1.-Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia) 1.44.351 (61l)
2.-Thomas Luthi (Aprilia) 1.44.675 (46l)
3.-Ratthapark Wilairot (Honda) 1.44.928 (41l)
4.-H.Aoyama (Honda) 1.44.978 (56l)
5.-Gabor Talmacsi (Aprilia) 1.45.361 (44l)
6.-Mike Di Meglio (Aprilia) 1.46.358 (39l)
7.-Raffaele De Rosa (Honda) 1.46.425 (49l)
8.-Lukas Pesek (Aprilia) 1.46.500 (34l)