MotoGP 250 Valencia FP1: Spaniards Fast at Home


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10:42am EST — Hector Barbera, Alex Debon, and Alvaro Bautista led the first free practice of the GP of Valencia, the final race of the 2009 season, and the one that will determine the last ever 250 champion.  Championship leaders Hiroshi Aoyama and Marco Simoncelli were fourth and sixth fastest, respectively.  While Friday practice gives the first indiction of speed for the weekend, in the end, it only really indicates which team or rider has to do the most work in setup for Sunday’s race.

Final Positions from FP1 for the 2009 GP of Valencia: (courtesy of the official MotoGP website)
1. Hector BARBERA 1:36.185
2. Alex DEBON 1:36.502
3. Alvaro BAUTISTA 1:36.866
4. Hiroshi AOYAMA 1:36.924
5. Raffaele DE ROSA 1:37.099
6. Marco SIMONCELLI 1:37.168
7. Hector FAUBEL 1:37.213
8. Mike DI MEGLIO 1:37.273
9. Ratthapark WILAIROT 1:37.426
10. Thomas LUTHI 1:37.806
11. Jules CLUZEL 1:37.848
12. Mattia PASINI 1:38.012
13. Alex BALDOLINI 1:38.135
14. Lukas PESEK 1:38.282
15. Shoya TOMIZAWA 1:38.286
16. Axel PONS 1:38.579
17. Karel ABRAHAM 1:38.655
18. Shuhei AOYAMA 1:38.682
19. Roberto LOCATELLI 1:38.682
20. Balazs NEMETH 1:38.821
21. Valentin DEBISE 1:40.108
22. Vladimir LEONOV 1:41.110
23. Bastien CHESAUX 1:42.290

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