Misano MotoGP: Hector Barbera stormed to first in 250cc free practice
Spaniard Hector Barbera showed the 250 grid how it’s done in the free practice session this morning with a lap time of 1´39.172, which is over half a second faster than his closest rival and second place finisher Marco Simoncelli.
Simoncelli is the odd one out in the top 5 this morning as the only Italian in a field of Spanish riders. Alvaro Bautista took third place for the Mapfre Aspar Team, closely followed by his compatriots Julian Simon, Alex Espargaro and Hector Faubel.
Thomas Luthi of the Emmi Caffe Latte Team claimed 7th on the timesheets with a lap time of 1’40.201.
Hiroshi Aoyama, winner of the 125cc race here in Misano last year, finished in 8th place on his Red Bull KTM 250 with a time of 1’40.244, putting Mattia Pasini in 9th and leaving Red Bull KTM 250 team mate Mika Kallio to round out the top ten.
Here’s how the top riders stand after the first practice:
1 Hector BARBERA SPA Team Toth Aprilia 1’39.172
2 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA Metis Gilera 1’39.719
3 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team 1’39.756
4 Julian SIMON SPA Repsol KTM 250cc 1’39.822
5 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Lotus Aprilia 1’39.972
6 Hector FAUBEL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team 1’40.174
7 Thomas LUTHI SWI Emmi – Caffe Latte 1’40.201
8 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Red Bull KTM 250 1’40.244
9 Mattia PASINI ITA Polaris World 1’40.553
10 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM 250 1’40.583