Archive - Race Or Practice Result
October 19th, 2013
Tito Rabat has continued his confident form and topped every session thus far at the Australian Moto2 Grand Prix after heading the third and final free practice at the Phillip Island circuit. It was a very tight session where the top sixteen were seperated by an even one second, as riders undertook race simulations. Rabat lead home his Pons Tuenti team mate Pol Espargaro by a tenth of a second while Mika Kallio ended in third place ahead of Speed Up rider Alex DeAngelis and Scott Redding.
Frenchman Johann Zarco posted the sixth fastest time ahead of the Suisse pairing of Dominique Aegerter and Thomas Luthi, while the Aspar Suter duo of Jordi Torres and Nico Terol completed the top ten. Torres recovered from a nasty high side at the exit of the MG corner the Spaniard getting on the gas too aggressively. He was obviously unharmed and continued to show good pace late in proceedings.
Dani Pedrosa has topped MotoGP FP3 at Phillip Island and shown fantastic pace while running on both the soft and hard option Bridgestone tyres. He finished ahead of his team mate Marc Marquez by four hundredths of a second, the championship leader suffered his second crash of the weekend early in the session, losing the front under hard braking at the MG hairpin, he was unhurt and typically unfazed. Valentino Rossi also looked very quick on the hard option tyre that is likely to be used during the race on Sunday, he finished in third place a tenth behind Pedrosa.
Alvaro Bautista showed continued strong form to set an almost identical lap time to Rossi and finish in fourth ahead of his countryman Jorge Lorenzo. After setting the pace comfortably on Friday, Lorenzo looked to be focusing on consistency rather than outright pace and had to settle for the fifth fastest time. Bradley Smith did excellently to finish sixth ahead of Nicky Hayden and his Tech 3 team mate Cal Crutchlow. Colin Edwards and Randy DePuniet did the CRT class proud and achieved superb results of ninth and tenth respectively, both riders earning an automatic starting spot in Q2 later this afternoon.
Maverick Vinales has continued to make fantastic use of the resurfaced Phillip Island circuit by heading the field in the third Moto3 free practice session by almost half a second. In less blustery but still beautifully sunny conditions, his sensational lap of 1:36.650 was one and a half seconds quicker than his fastest time from yesterday. Jonas Folger headed the time sheets for the first half of proceedings but had to settle for second place.
A surprisingly impressive John McPhee finished up in a fantastic third place ahead of Miguel Oliveira aboard his Mahindra. Championship leader Luis Salom rounded out the top five and would be disappointed to be almost a full second behind the red-hot pace of Vinales. Isaac Vinales ended up in sixth place ahead of local favourite Jack Miller, Alex Marquez, his team mate Alex Rins and FTR Honda rider Alexis Masbou completed the top ten.
World Superbike racing has not been held at Jerez since 1990, favouring the MotoGP men for experience, much like Istanbul. However, many teams used the track last winter for testing, so none of the title contenders arrived blind.
Of all the tracks to favour a particular motorcycle, the fates gave this one, the last race weekend of the year, to Aprilia, throwing a lifeline of tantalising hope to Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli. Aprilia use Jerez as their test track and, as is evidenced by all four Aprilias occupying four out of the top five positions in both sessions, it looks like the results are in.
The data that Aprilia garnered from the Jerez tests also assisted Davide Giugliano and Toni Elias, with the latter never having ridden an Aprilia at the track before while the former rode the Alstare bike at Jerez last winter, as his first track time on his new bike. Elias, of course has GP experience at the track as well as a bike that suits it.
Davide Giugliano takes provisional pole ahead of Aprilia's party spoiler Marco Melandri and three other Aprilias. Eugene Laverty rounds out the provisional front row, with Toni Elias, the morning's pace man holding the top spot until an early crash, fourth fastest ahead of Sylvain Guintoli.
Sam Lowes and his teammate Vladimir Leonov topped the timed session with Kenan Sofuoglu rounding out the provisional front row.
Toni Elias leads title hopefuls Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli ahead of the last race weekend of the season. Davide Giugliano demonstrates the Aprilia dominance of the session in fifth place behind Marco Melandri. Tom Sykes in sixth is just ahead of Lorenzo Lanzi on his old porky Ducati 1098R, embarassing the factory Panigales.
The Yamahas of Sam Lowes and Vladimir Leonov, after dominating most of the session, were split by Michael Van Der Mark at the end of the opening session.
Tito Rabat has capped a fantastic Friday performance to top both practice sessions following the conclusion of FP2 at Phillip Island. Rabat's time of 1:33.254 was slower than his mornings effort but was enough to finish one hundredth of a second ahead of Scott Redding in second. As in the first free practice session, Redding was the first rider out on track and set an electric pace during the early stages. The championship leader would be content with once again finishing ahead of Espargaro in third. The front three look to be the riders to beat come race day, ending up almost half a second quicker than the rest of the field.
Jordi Torres was the 'best of the rest' and finished in fourth place six tenths behind Rabat's benchmark. He was ahead of the ever consistent Dominique Aegerter and impressive rookie Sandro Cortese in fifth and sixth. While Alex DeAngelis, Johann Zarco, Xavier Simeon and Takaaki Nakagami rounded out the top ten.
Jorge Lorenzo has continued with his impressive morning form to top the second MotoGP free practice session at Phillip Island. The reigning World Champion looked in imperious form and finished the beautifully sunny session almost half a second ahead of the field with a lap time of 1:28.961. His countryman Alvaro Bautista was the closest anyone could get and ended the session in an impressive second place, recovering from a crash at turn six early on.
Dani Pedrosa had an odd mechanical issue late in the session, with a part of his Honda prototype machine dangling loose, perhaps the gear linkage or an engine bolt, he was forced to sit out the closing stages but still managed to finish third. The Yamaha pairing of Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top five ahead of Marc Marquez who crashed heavily early in the session. The young Spaniard had a very fast high side over the top of Lukey Heights but managed to land relatively softly on the grass run-off area, slide to a halt and walk away completely unharmed. Bradley Smith, a revitalised Randy DePuniet and the Ducati duo of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top ten.
An ultra consistent Maverick Vinales has set a new fastest ever lap for a Moto3 machine around the Phillip Island circuit on his way to topping Friday's second free practice session. His time of 1:38.198 put him two hundredths of a second ahead of both Jonas Folger and Zulfahmi Khairuddin in second and third places respectively. It was an extremely promising showing from Khairuddin following the disappointment of missing his home GP last week after being declared unfit to race. His team mate and morning pace setter Luis Salom was a further hundredth behind in fourth.
Ever improving FTR Honda rider Niccolo Antonelli ended the session in fifth place ahead of Mahindra's Miguel Oliveira and Alex Rins. Rins had a premature end to the session after encountering bike troubles following an off track excursion to avoid Niklas Ajo, who had crashed ahead of him. Brad Binder, Ajo and Alex Marquez rounded out the top ten.
Last rounds Moto2 race winner Tito Rabat has topped the opening free practice at Phillip Island, the impressive Sepang victor continued his momentum from Malaysia and finished the session half a second quicker than the outright Moto2 circuit record with a scorching time of 1:33.157. Championship leader Scott Redding finished in second place a little over a tenth behind Rabat, the Brit looked very focused and sat at the top of the timesheets for the vast majority of proceedings, he had a slight psychological victory over his main title rival Pol Espargaro who ended in third place after suffering some mechanical gremlins with a few minutes remaining.
Jordi Torres finished in an encouraging fourth place ahead of Alex DeAngelis who completed the top five and demonstrated his fondness for the fast and flowing Australian circuit. German rookie Sandro Cortese and Thomas Luthi finished in sixth and seventh places respectively and spent large periods of the session riding nose to tail. Mika Kallio, Nico Terol and Mattia Pasini rounded out the top ten.
The opening MotoGP free practice session at the Australian Grand Prix in Phillip Island has been headed by Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard took advantage of the smooth new track surface and set a blistering benchmark time of 1:29.167. Rookie championship leader Marc Marquez was, as per usual right on Lorenzo's tail and finished the session in second place, less than a tenth behind his more senior compatriot. Alvaro Bautista and Dani Pedrosa made it an all Spanish top four as the only current MotoGP rider to have won a premier class race at the Australian circuit Valentino Rossi completed the top five.
Fellow Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow ended the session in sixth place and after his podium finish last year, will look to improve and resume his positive relationship with the Phillip Island circuit. His teammate Bradley Smith finished in an impressive seventh place ahead of Nicky Hayden, top CRT rider Randy DePuniet and Andrea Dovizioso, who rounded out the top ten.
Luis Salom has made strong a signal of intent by topping the opening Moto3 free practice session at Phillip Island in sunny but cool conditions. The Spanish championship leader impressively set a new fastest ever lap of the sea side circuit, underlining that the new surface will likely see lap times tumble over the course of the weekend. Fellow KTM rider Jonas Folger finished in second place, four hundredths behind Salom and ahead of Zulfahmi Khairuddin in third.
The FTR Honda pairing of Isaac Vinales and Niccolo Antonelli rounded out the top five. Maverick Vinales lead for the majority of the early morning session but suffered a very fast crash at the notorious turn one late on. He was luckily able to walk away from the spill, but due to bike damage was unable to complete any further laps and had to settle for the sixth fastest time. Alex Rins, Jack Miller, Romano Fenati and Alex Marquez completed the top ten positions on the time sheet.
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