Bradley Smith second fastest on 2009 debut

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British teenager Bradley Smith made a bright start to his 2009 pre-season preparations when he clocked the second fastest time on the opening day of testing in Jerez.

Making his second appearance for the Aspar Aprilia team, the Oxfordshire rider posted a best time of 1.49.313 as he completed 48 laps in sunny but cool conditions.

Smith was only beaten by team-mate Julian Simon, who was fastest with a best time of 1.48.875.

Fellow British rider Scott Redding also made a positive start with the Gloucestershire 16-year-old clocking the fifth best time in his 41-lap stint.

Redding, who became the youngest rider in history last year at Donington Park to win a Grand Prix, set a best time of 1.50.834 as he ran 41 laps on the Blusens Aprilia.

Day one times
1 Julian Simon (Aprilia) 1.48.875
2 Bradley Smith (Aprilia) 1.49.313
3 Marc Marquez (KTM)  1.50.300
4 Sandro Cortese (Derbi) 1.50.710
5 Scott Redding (Aprilia) 1.50.834
6 Sergio Gadea (Aprilia) 1.51.115
7 Adrian Martin (Aprilia) 1.51.891
8 Esteve Rabat (Aprilia) 1.52.075
9 Dominique Aegerter (Derbi) 1.52.204
10 Luigi Morciano (Aprilia) 1.52.556
11 Cameron Beaubier (KTM) 1.52.598
12 Gennaro Sabatino (Aprilia) 1.53.021
13 Isaac Vinales (Aprilia) 1.53.319
14 Nicola Stizza (Aprilia) 1.53.768
15 Alessandro Tonucci (Aprilia) 1.54.053
16 Armando Pontone (Aprilia) 1.54.068
17 Mattia Tarozzai (Aprilia) 1.56.289

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt