2014 Brno Moto2 Warm Up Result: Rabat Ups The Pace As Kallio Crashes

Notes: Mika Kallio crashed towards the end of the session, when he came together with Robin Mulhauser. Kallio was unhurt, and the bike did not suffer too much damage.

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2014 Brno Moto3 Warm Up Result: Alex Marquez Leads Jack Miller

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2014 Brno MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Brno:

Round Number: 
11
Year: 
2014

2014 Brno Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Brno:

Round Number: 
11
Year: 
2014

2014 Brno MotoGP Saturday Round-Up: Marquez' Secret Towing Strategy, And The Drama In Moto3

The key to success in motorcycle racing is about controlling as many variables as you can. There are two variables which riders and teams cannot control, and which they fear for that very reason: the weather, and crashes. The weather spared both MotoGP and Moto2 at Brno on Saturday, but played havoc in Moto3. Crashes, too, made life difficult, both for MotoGP and in Moto3. It made for an intriguing day of practice.

The day started under leaden skies, with the threat of rain ever present throughout the morning. Dark clouds rolled in, then rolled right out again, chased deeper into Moravia and away from the track. They broke only briefly in the afternoon, the Moto3 qualifying session the main victim. Standing at trackside, the rain came and went so quickly that by the time I posted an update on Twitter, the weather had changed, immediately contradicting me. In the end, a red flag saved my blushes, Phillip Oettl crashing and damaging the air fence, causing the session to be halted while the air fence was repaired.

The rain had disappeared by the time MotoGP qualifying rolled around, conditions good enough for Marc Marquez to get close to Cal Crutchlow's pole record from 2013. That Marquez should take pole is hardly a surprise – that's nine out of eleven this year – but the way he controlled not just pole position, but the whole front row of the grid. Marquez jumped straight to pole on his first run out of the pits, but as he started his second run, he picked up a passenger. Andrea Iannone latched onto the tail of Marquez, and as Marquez flashed across the line to improve his time, Iannone used his tow to leapfrog ahead of his time, taking provisional pole from the Repsol Honda man. His soft tire spent, Iannone couldn't follow Marquez on his second run, the world champion going on to reclaim pole and demote Iannone to second. Further down the grid, Andrea Dovizioso followed Valentino Rossi around the circuit to improve his own time, moving up to second and demoting Iannone another spot.

2014 Brno Moto2 Qualifying Result: And A New Lap Record

Qualifying was dry, but cool, with 17º air temperature.

2014 Brno MotoGP FP4 Result: Rossi Quickest, Rossi Crashes

The weather didn't play a part on the free practice session, allowing riders to determine their pace for the racing tomorrow and get a last half hour of setup before the qualifying.

Valentino Rossi set a 1'56.207 lap early on, a time that stood throughout the entire session. Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were able to go quicker in the first two sectors, but the Hondas couldn't tie the last half of the track together in spite of the fact the Honda's power put it at a theoretical advantage up the power-sapping incline in sector three.

Rossi unfortunately crashed and spent most of the session in the medical centre, tucking the front on a high-speed corner entry. He injured the little finger on his left hand, but was cleared for qualifying, having not suffered a fracture. His bike was damaged severely, but Rossi has a second bike for qualifying.

Bautista also crashed at the same spot, seconds after Rossi, and stated that he thought there was something on the track, but neither rider suggested a red flag.

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2014 Brno Moto3 QP Result: Weather Disrupts Red Flagged Session

The Moto3 QP session was held under mutable weather and a red flag that fell at the worst time, with ten minutes left as the weather cleared. When the track reopened, the optimal conditions could had left.

2014 Brno Moto2 FP3 Result: Rabat Takes Late Lead

Thomas Luthi took early control of the dry session on his Interwetten Paddock Suter bike, knocking half a second off Marc VDS's Mika Kallio and Tito Rabat's times from yesterday. He was joined at the top by reigning World Supersport Champion Sam Lowes on the Speed Up as the only other rider under 2'03 at the halfway mark.

With fifteen minutes left, Tito Rabat went quickest, bringing with it the hungry sharks sensing chummed water, trying to latch onto him for a fast lap. Rabat evaded them with a ride through the pit lane, exiting into clear track, but he was unable to to go any quicker as the chequered flag fell.

Sandro Cortese joined the top three under the 2'03 mark, with Mika Kallio just missing out in fifth.

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2014 Brno MotoGP FP3 Result: Pedrosa Throws Down A Marker

Dani Pedrosa has topped the final session of practice for the MotoGP class at Brno. The Repsol Honda rider found a real burst of speed towards the end of the session, extending the gap over his teammate to over three tenths of a second by the end of the session. Marc Marquez was forced to settle for second, after taking an early lead.

The final minutes of the session turned hectic, as ever, with riders pushing hard for a fast lap to ensure a place in Q2. Bradley Smith posted an impressive time to take 3rd spot, under half a second off the time of Pedrosa, and just ahead of the Movistar Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. Andrea Iannone secured his place in Q2 with the 6th fastest time, very close behind Rossi, and just a fration ahead of Pol Espargaro on the Tech 3 Yamah. Andrea Dovizioso led the factory Ducati pair, with Crutchlow posting the 9th fastest time ahead of Aleix Espargaro. Aleix Espargaro had been unable to improve his time from yesterday, but had already booked a place in Q2. 

The Repsol Hondas had a clear advantage, but behind them, times were extremely close. A tenth of a second separated Bradley Smith in 3rd from Andrea Dovizioso in 8th, with Cal Crutchlow another tenth of a second behind that.

FP3 Results:

2014 Brno Moto3 FP3 Result: Alex Rins Heads A Honda Charge

Alex Rins has ended the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class on top of the timesheets. The Estrella Galicia rider put in a late charge in the final minutes to take over the lead from hist teammate Alex Marquez. Ongetta Rivacold rider Alexis Masbou made it a Honda clean sweep of the top three, a repeat of the FP2 result.

Honda's dominance saw Jack Miller bumped down to 4th, the Red Bull KTM rider finishing just ahead of his teammate Karel Hanika. The young Czech has performed well at his home Grand Prix, handling the pressure admirably. Danny Kent took sixth place on the Husqvarna, just ahead of Mahindra's Miguel Oliveira.

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2014 Brno MotoGP Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Brno:

Round Number: 
11
Year: 
2014

2014 Brno Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Brno:

Round Number: 
11
Year: 
2014

2014 Brno MotoGP Friday Round Up: Yamaha's Big Improvement, Elbow Down In The Wet, And The Factory Bosses Speak

The first day of practice at Brno turned out to be a day of two halves. The morning was glorious, sunny and relatively warm. Clouds began gathering shortly after lunch, and the first spots of rain started to fall just as FP2 for the Moto3 class came to a close. The rain grew steadily heavier for the first half of the MotoGP afternoon practice session, easing up and stopping with some ten minutes to go. By the time the Moto2 bikes took to the track, the circuit was already drying, though it only really dried out completely towards the end of Moto2.

The two halves of MotoGP practice showed the same picture, however. Marc Marquez is fast in the wet and fast in the dry, and clearly looking comfortable on the Repsol Honda. Teammate Dani Pedrosa is also quick in both conditions, though a little closer to Marquez on a wet track than on a dry track. In the dry, Jorge Lorenzo is very close to Marc Marquez, but in the wet, both he and Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi are a second off the pace of the Repsols.

Speed in the morning had given Lorenzo confidence he could be competitive with Marquez, and his pace in the wet was not a worry, he said. Everyone had started slowly in the wet, and Lorenzo was no exception. For Rossi, the second they are giving away to the Hondas in the wet is an issue, but losing track time to the rain was more of a problem. Rossi had been fifth in the dry, just a quarter of a second off Marquez, and after FP1, he and his crew had some ideas to improve turn in and enter the corner faster, right where he is losing out to the others. The rain meant he did not have a chance to test it, and with the chance of rain on Saturday, Rossi was concerned he would not be able to try it out before the race.

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