On day two at Estoril
At the Estoril circuit on day two of this week's 250cc preseason test it was Spaniard Hector Barberá who topped the timesheets as he followed up on his good work on Sunday with the fastest Monday time.
Once again in excellent riding conditions
close to the Atlantic coast the 250cc riders enjoyed a good day of work, with Barberá quickly regaining confidence as he comes back from the serious back injury which cut short his 2008 championship after a crash in Japan.
Barberá registered a best effort of 1'41.113 on the 69th of his 77 Monday laps, putting him just 0.006s ahead of second fastest participant Álvaro Bautista.
Bautista looked in much better shape than on Sunday, meanwhile, moving up the timesheets from tenth yesterday to second place. Marco Simoncelli, the 250cc World Champion, fastest on day one, was third quickest today, just 0.026s off Barberá's pace.
The top five was rounded off by Gabor Talmacsi and Mike di Meglio, whilst sixth fastest rider Alex Debon also went round within a second of Barberá's best.
Having also lapped fastest on the opening day of the 125cc test at Estoril on Sunday, Bancaja Aspar's Julian Simón repeated that trick at the Portuguese circuit on Monday.
Indeed, such was Simón's pace that his timesheet-topping best effort of 1'45.046s put him way out ahead of his rivals with no-one else able to get within a second of his time. Simón's compatriot Pol Espargaró lapped second fastest, the young Belson Aprilia rider going round 1.1s slower than the pace-setting Aspar rider.
Andrea Iannone was the third quickest rider, whilst Simón's team-mate Bradley Smith was the most prolific participant of the day, lapping 85 times in his typically hard-working fashion and ending up fourth at the end of the day.
Sandro Cortese, Joan Olive, Sergio Gadea, Jonas Folger, Scott Redding and Esteve Rabat all featured in the top ten, with a significant proportion of the 125cc field for 2009 in attendance.
The Estoril smaller classes test concludes after a third and final day on Tuesday.