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The threat of poor weather had almost completely disappeared by the time the Moto2 riders took to the track for their afternoon FP2 session, and the times set reflected the improvement. Conditions remained tricky to the very end, though, with a line dry enough to use slicks on only appearing at the end.
It was Fimmco Speed Up's Gabor Talmacsi who made best use of the conditions, maintaining his position at the top of the timesheets right to the end of the session. The Hungarian held nearly four tenths of a second advantage over the two men who had fought over the 2010 Moto2 title all year, Mapfre Aspar's Julian Simon edging championship winner Toni Elias into 3rd. In 4th, continuing his impressive debut in the Moto2 class, is Kenan Sofuoglu on the Technomag CIP bike, his time made all the more impressive by the fact that Sofuoglu set it on wets. Sofuoglu's performance has fired demand for his services even more than at the start of the weekend, the Turk currently gaining interest from a number of teams, as well as already holding a firm offer from the Technomag squad. If he matches this performance on race day, the line to the door of his motorhome could grow even longer.
With skies clearing and the weather surprising everyone by improving radically, the MotoGP riders finally got a chance to put in some serious laps at Estoril in the second session of free practice. The session started out in a light rain and on a sodden track, and Casey Stoner sped to the top of the timesheets, firmly in control for much of practice. But as the sun came out and something approaching a dry line appeared, others started to make inroads on Stoner's position.
At the end of practice, it was Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo who set the quickest time, ending FP2 just over a tenth ahead of Stoner's Marlboro Ducati teammate Nicky Hayden. Hayden split the Fiat Yamaha teammates, Valentino Rossi over a third of a second behind Lorenzo in 3rd, while Rossi was himself the filling in a Marlboro Ducati sandwich, with Casey Stoner ending up 4th.
Behind the front four loomed a large gap, with Ben Spies nearly two thirds of a second behind on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, while San Carlo Gresini's Marco Melandri had an outstanding afternoon, ending up 6th, just behind Spies.
With the weather improving at Estoril, the riders in the 125cc class finally got a shot at putting in a decent number of laps. All except championship leader Marc Marquez, that is, who crashed early in the session, destroying his Red Bull Ajo Derbi and missing the remainder of practice.
At the end of the day, it was Alberto Moncayo who set the quickest time, the Andalucia Cajasol rider having been fast in the morning session. Moncayo finished a second ahead of Johann Zarco of the WTR San Marino team, who in turn was fractionally faster than a trio of championship contenders, Bancaja Aspar's Nico Terol leading Blusens-STX rider Tito Rabat, who was in turn a few hundredths quicker than Tuenti Derbi man Pol Espargaro.
The atrocious weather let up a little late in the morning at Estoril, just enough to allow the large part of the Moto2 field to brave the rain and wind and lap the Portuguese circuit. Fastest man at the end of the day - despite an impressive crash at he end of the main straight - was Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding, the British rider topping the timesheets by over 1.6 seconds.
In 2nd place came rain specialist Ant West aboard the MZ, but perhaps the biggest surprise of the session was Kenan Sofuoglu's 3rd fastest time. The FP1 session was the 2010 World Supersport champion first outing at the Portuguese track, and his first laps in anger aboard the Technomag CIP Suter machine, after a brief test at Albacete earlier this week. Sofuoglu was two seconds slower than Redding, but just a few hundredths ahead of Redding's teammate Hector Faubel.
The break in the weather looks to be just temporary, though. The rain is expected to turn heavy again this afternoon, from around the time the bikes are scheduled to get back on track for FP2.
The first session of practice for the MotoGP class was almost completely lost to rain, with only the bravest souls venturing out onto the track. Hiroshi Aoyama was the only rider who actually posted a time, though Aleix Espargaro and Carlos Checa both went out, but they came straight back in again, though Checa did put in an entire lap near the end of the session.
Thunder and lightning added to the festivities, and the wind has picked up even further. It looks like the entire day could be lost to the weather at Estoril.
Practice got underway at Estoril in light rain, but the weather quickly took a turn for the worse, the rain becoming very intense by the end of the first session of practice, the 125cc class. Bradley Smith topped the timesheets in the session, putting in a fast lap early on, but the final standings were relatively meaningless, with a difference of over 21 seconds from fastest to slowest. British rider Danny Webb and his Andalucia Cajasol teammate Alberto Moncayo took 2nd and 3rd, ahead of Stipa Molenaar's Randy Krummenacher, but Krummenacher was already over 5 seconds slower than Smith's fastest lap.
Forecast for the rest of the day is for strong winds and storms, calling into question the usefulness the rest of the day.
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