Archive - Race Or Practice Result
July 11th, 2014
Sylvain Guintoli sets the only 1'23 lap of the session but has still got 1.2 seconds before he matches his own best time, the outright lap record of 1'22.683, set in 2013. Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri are within three tenths of a second.
Mika Kallio has ended the first day of practice as the fastest rider in Moto2, topping the afternoon session at the Sachsenring. Kallio was only fractionally faster than his Marc VDS Racing teammate Tito Rabat, the Spaniard less than a tenth off the pace his Finnish teammate. Dominique Aegerter could only manage 3rd, finishing ahead of Simone Corsi, though neither man could improve their times from the morning session.
While the Marc VDS team led the way, the other Moto2 giants suffered. Pons Racing's rookies struggled to find their feet in Germany, Luis Salom ending the day in 10th, with Maverick Viñales was a lowly 19th. Though they have many riders in front of them, the time gaps are small, Salom just half a second off the pace, Viñales a second slower than Kallio.
Aleix Espargaro has once again topped the timesheets during the second session of free practice at the Sachsenring, the Forward Yamaha rider again putting a soft tire on to grab top spot. Espargaro had earlier experimented with both the Forward and the Yamaha chassis, before switching back to the Yamaha chassis to set the fastest time. The Forward chassis is said to be stronger in the slower corners, of which the Sachsenring has plenty.
Marc Marquez ended the session in 2nd, having much calmer session after his monster highside in the morning. The Repsol Honda man had treatment for his sore neck, and appeared to have suffered no ill effects. Jorge Lorenzo continues to be fast on the Yamaha, the factory man ending the session two tenths behind Marquez and a third of a second off the time of Espargaro.
Jack Miller has topped the second session of free practice for the Moto3 class at the Sachsenring, stamping his authority on the class with a late charge. Miller had been fast throughout, but the KTM man pushed towards the end to secure top spot. Frenchman Alexis Masbou took 2nd on the Ongetta Honda, a quarter of a second behind Miller.
Englishman Danny Kent has found his old form in Germany, getting up to 3rd in the second session of practice on the Husqvarna, and ending ahead of Efren Vazquez on the RTG Honda. The two Estrella Galicia Hondas of Alex Rins and Alex Marquez made a little progress, Marquez moving up to 7th and Rins ending in 12th, though both men are over eight tenths behind title rival Miller.
Simone Corsi leads the way in the Moto2 class, topping the first session of free practice at the Sachsenring. Corsi's advantage is small, however, with both Dominique Aegerter and Mika Kallio within three hundredths of a second of the Italian. Championship leader Tito Rabat ended FP1 in 4th, a tenth off the pace of Corsi, and ahead of last year's winner Jordi Torres.
The Moto2 class, too, had plenty of fallers. Mattia Pasini was an early crasher, but he was joined throughout the session by Johann Zarco, Julian Simon and Sandro Cortese. All escaped without serious injury.
Aleix Espargaro has put the soft tire available to the Open class riders to good use, posting a very fast lap at the end of FP1 to take top spot. It was not the first time during the first session of free practice for the MotoGP riders that Espargaro set the fastest time, the Forward Yamaha rider dislodging Jorge Lorenzo from the top spot earlier.
Lorenzo showed he was ready to bounce back after a difficult Assen, leading the way throughout the session and setting down a very strong pace. He ended the session just in front of his Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi, who was close to the front for most of the session. Pol Espargaro posted a fast lap at the end of the session to jump up to 4th. The only Yamaha rider missing at the top was Bradley Smith, who suffered a very tough session, crashing at the start and at the end, two both times in tricky positions. Smith's first crash was at the top of the Waterfall, getting flicked off at Turn 10, his bike sliding dangerously to a halt right at the apex of Turn 11. The second crash came as he tried to save a highside, getting flicked off line and running through the gravel down the hill.
Jack Miller has topped the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at the Sachsenring. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was fast throughout the session, swapping the lead with Brad Binder and Romano Fenati, before pulling out a very fast lap at the end of the practice. Efren Vazquez put the RTG Honda into 2nd, just edging out Binder on the Mahindra, while Fenati was forced to settle for 4th.
The Estrella Galicia Hondas of Alex Rins and Alex Marquez got off to a poor start after a strong race at Assen. Rins ended the session in 12th, just under a second off the pace of Miller, while Marquez was a lowly 17th. Rins had a small off at the end of the practice session, but walked away unhurt.
Rain is the great leveller, with some bikes that lack power or traction suddenly being just as rideable as the ones at the sharper end. Suddenly, being on a Fireblade or a GSXR isn't the handicap it would otherwise be, and the Panigale looks like a contender. It won't put the Evo bikes to the front, but if you're in the top ten, having the right bike is suddenly no longer as important.
With rain pouring from the sky, the umbrellas were put to their proper use. Along with wet-weather tyres, everyone softened their springs, reduced their damping, put on the double-wide knee sliders and slotted clear visors in their helmets. The race was reduced to eighteen laps and everyone got wet.
The weather continued to look threatening for the start of the World Supersport race.
Grey skies loomed over the grid as most of the bikes lined up, with the EBRs starting from the pit lane with new engines ahead of their home round in Laguna Seca. The temperature was down on yesterday even if the wind wasn't.
After the light-hearted fun and games on Twitter yesterday, with Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty poking fun at Tom Sykes and his stated dislike of the hills at Portimão, the serious business of qualifying settled all the disputes.
Qualifying was done under the same warm and windy conditions as World Superbike.
Qualifying for tomorrow's race took place in a warm and windy Portugal.
Tom Sykes was quicker than the Suzukis of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes in the untimed practice session.