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Oct 1, 2010

Terol Leads Opening 125cc GP Practice At Motegi

FIM 125cc GP World Championship
Motegi, Japan
October 1, 2010
Free Practice One:

1. Nicolas TEROL, Spain (APRILIA), 1:59.882
2. Marc MARQUEZ, Spain (DERBI), 2:00.085
3. Sandro CORTESE, Germany (DERBI), 2:00.405
4. Bradley SMITH, Great Britain (APRILIA), 2:00.438
5. Pol ESPARGARO, Spain (DERBI), 2:00.612
6. Efren VAZQUEZ, Spain (DERBI), 2:01.007
7. Tomoyoshi KOYAMA, Japan (APRILIA), 2:01.166
8. Alberto MONCAYO, Spain (APRILIA), 2:01.193
9. Esteve RABAT, Spain (APRILIA), 2:01.611
10. Adrian MARTIN, Spain (APRILIA), 2:01.882

More, from a press release issued by Interwetten Honda:

First outing for Schrötter in Motegi apologetic

The first of three Grand Prix in three weeks started today at the Twin Ring in Motegi / Japan for Marcel Schrötter and the Interwetten Honda 125 Team. Schrötter, who is riding for the first time in Japan, didn't have a bad pace and was just over 1.5 seconds behind the leading group. He was able to stick with them at the beginning, but in the second half of the practice he suffered some technical problems while changing gears and the 17 year old went back to 27th position.

Marcel Schrötter, 27 2'04.564:
"It was not bad at the beginning. I was able to improve. At the end I had problems while changing gears and it didn't work properly anymore. Then I went wide and ended in the dirt, which cost me some time. I tried to find my rhythm alone, away from the group, as this always is better. I think the track is quite difficult, but I also believe that there is more to come for tomorrow."

Terrell Thien, Team Manager:
"If there would not have been the technical problems Marcel could have finished around 13th or 15th place. His time was not bad at the beginning and I thought it would stay like that. But then these problems with changing gears appeared and he lost connection. Marcel showed that we can expect more from him though."