2009 Estoril 125 And 250 Test - Day 3 - Simoncelli On Top Again, Iannone Fastest 125

The final day of testing at Estoril saw a reduced field battling windy conditions, making improving upon Monday's times an impossibility. The departure of the Aspar team also meant a number of big names were missing, making the timesheets less significant than they would otherwise have been.

The loss of the Aspar team was most keenly felt in the 125 class, where Julian Simon had spent the first two days of the test firmly thrashing the rest of the field, with team mate Bradley Smith also a firm fixture at the top of the timesheets. In their absence, Andrea Iannone topped the timesheets, improving on his time from the first two days, but still 0.9 seconds slower than Simon's time from Monday. Iannone led the Derbis of Sandro Cortese and Pol Espargaro, both of whom had been quick on the previous days.

With Bradley Smith gone, Scott Redding was the fastest British rider, finishing 6th and 1.6 seconds off Iannone's pace. Meanwhile, Danny Webb had a less successful day, slipping down to 14th spot.

In the 250 class, Bautista's absence gave Marco Simoncelli a free run, though the reigning world champion barely needs it. The Gilera man led two Hondas, with Thai rider Rattapark Wilairot and Team Scot's Hiroshi Aoyama. Hector Barbera, the man who had caused an upset on Monday by topping the timesheets slipped down to 5th. With Aspar missing, the two former 125 champions Gabor Talmacsi and Mike di Meglio were also not lapping, both of whom had set excellent times over the past couple of days.

Tuesday was the final day of testing for MotoGP's support classes. The next time they convene will be at Jerez for the official IRTA test, where the full field will be gathered. MotoGPMatters.com will be reporting live from Jerez, and bringing you updates of all three classes.

250 cc

1Marco SimoncelliGilera1'41.245
2Rattapark WilairotHonda1'41.518
3Hiroshi AoyamaHonda1'41.525
4Hector FaubelHonda1'41.653
5Hector BarberaAprilia1'41.673
6Roberto LocatelliGilera1'42.047
7Raffaele De RosaHonda1'42.206
8Tom LuthiAprilia1'42.271
9Alex DebonAprilia1'42.646
10Karel AbrahamAprilia1'43.233
11Lukas PesekAprilia1'43.281
12Axel PonsAprilia1'45.105
13Vladimir LeonovAprilia1'46.633

Circuit record: 2007, Alvaro Bautista, Aprilia, 1'40.521

125 cc

1Andrea IannoneAprilia1'45.969
2Sandro CorteseDerbi1'46.474
3Pol EspargaroDerbi1'46.846
4Esteve RabatAprilia1'47.231
5Joan OliveDerbi1'47.244
6Scott ReddingAprilia1'47.520
7Randy KrummenacherAprilia1'47.618
8Takaaki NakagamiAprilia1'47.647
9Efren VasquezAprilia1'47.705
10Jonas FolgerAprilia1'47.881
11Maverick VinalesAprilia1'48.168
12Stefan BrandlAprilia1'48.278
13Dominique AegerterAprilia1'48.517
14Danny WebbAprilia1'48.680
15Lorenzo ZanettiAprilia1'48.719
16Miguel OliveiraAprilia1'48.982
17Johnny RosellAprilia1'49.615

Circuit record: 2007, Gabor Talmacsi, Aprilia, 1'45.027

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Great to hear about the live coverage! It has been rather difficult to find results of the previous 125cc & 250cc tests on the internet quickly, will be nice to have more reliable ressources where one can find provisional times during the day. :)

Sadly, my travel plans mean I won't be arriving till Friday, so coverage of the first two days will be patchy. But I shall try and bring updates during the day on Friday, and provide some kind of report once the tests are finished.

I always enjoy reading your reports and they'll be even better when coming directly from the track, so I'm in high spirits about it anyway. ;)