french MotoGP: Hector Barbera tops the timesheets in 250 free practice

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Hector Barbera has got his season back on track by going fastest in this morning’s first 250 practice ahead of Sunday’s French GP.

The Aprilia rider, who was on pole position in Qatar, finished down in sixth last time out in China, but he did enough to claim the top spot on the timesheets this morning with a best lap of 1:39.284 on his Aprilia.

Mattia Pasini was second fastest recording a 1:39.376 on his 30th lap of the Le Mans circuit while pole man from Shanghai, Alvaro Bautista, was third with a 1:39.491.

China 250GP winner Mika Kallio finished up down in 13th on his Red Bull KTM with a best lap of 1’40.619.

Ireland’s Eugene Laverty finished the session in 21st place with a best lap of 1’42.543.

French MotoGP 250 first free practice results:

1 Hector BARBERA SPA Team Toth Aprilia APRILIA 1’39.284
2 Mattia PASINI ITA Polaris World APRILIA 1’39.376
3 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team APRILIA 1’39.491
4 Alex DEBON SPA Lotus Aprilia APRILIA 1’39.677
5 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA Metis Gilera GILERA 1’39.809
6 Julian SIMON SPA Repsol KTM 250cc KTM 1’39.835
7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Red Bull KTM 250 KTM 1’39.898
8 Thomas LUTHI SWI Emmi – Caffe Latte APRILIA 1’39.999
9 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT SAG HONDA 1’40.011
10 Roberto LOCATELLI ITA Metis Gilera GILERA 1’40.012
11 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing APRILIA 1’40.178
12 Manuel POGGIALI RSM Campetella Racing GILERA 1’40.332
13 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM 250 KTM 1’40.619
14 Lukas PESEK CZE Auto Kelly – CP APRILIA 1’40.652
15 Hector FAUBEL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team APRILIA 1’40.729
16 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Lotus Aprilia APRILIA 1’40.909
17 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN JiR Team Scot 250 HONDA 1’40.982
18 Fabrizio LAI ITA Campetella Racing GILERA 1’41.156
19 Imre TOTH HUN Team Toth Aprilia APRILIA 1’41.457
20 Federico SANDI ITA Zongshen Team Of China APRILIA 1’41.997
21 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Blusens Aprilia APRILIA 1’42.543
22 Alex BALDOLINI ITA Matteoni Racing APRILIA 1’43.146
23 Doni Tata PRADITA INA Yamaha Pertamina Indonesia YAMAHA 1’43.343
24 Russel GOMEZ SPA Blusens Aprilia APRILIA 1’44.889
25 Ho Wan CHOW CHN Zongshen Team Of China APRILIA 1’47.447

Sarah Carnell

By Sarah Carnell