As you would expect it was the home riders who came out hardest as the 250cc riders took to the track at Misano today,...

bautista-misano-040909As you would expect it was the home riders who came out hardest as the 250cc riders took to the track at Misano today, with local boys Marco Simoncelli and Mattia Pasini, joined later by Italian veteran Roberto Locatelli setting the pace at the top of the time sheets. However, a late effort from Héctor Barberá stole the show and it is the Spaniard who is the overnight pacesetter. 
 
After taking third place in the last round at Indianapolis five days ago Mapfre man Álvaro Bautista was in aggressive form today, himself battling for top spot throughout much of the session before settling for fourth place. Lap after lap Álvaro was sensational through T3, making up almost half a second on his rivals, before conceding ground through the final sector…

4th Álvaro Bautista 1.40.189 (26 laps):
“With the exception of Héctor, who had a great session today, everybody else we pretty close. The track was obviously slower today than it was last year because the pace in all three classes wasn’t as fast. We have worked well using last year’s set-up and I felt more or less comfortable throughout, apart from in a couple of corners in the final sector. We can’t afford to back off and we have to squeeze the most out of every session to prepare for the race. We have a full day tomorrow and we need to fight to improve at all cost. I did a practice start today and if I get chance I’ll do one at the end of each session to make sure I’m ready for Sunday.”

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