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Maverick Vinales has once again topped the timesheets in the Moto3 class at Mugello, setting the fastest time during FP2 at the legendary Italian track. The Spaniard swapped times with Romano Fenati throughout the session, edging Fenati halfway through the session, then posting a much faster lap to take FP2 convincingly. Danny Kent, 2nd fastest in the morning, dropped to 3rd fastest on the Red Bull KTM in the afternoon, finishing ahead of Niccolo Antonelli on the Gresini FTR Honda. Championship leader Sandro Cortese was 7th quickest, nearly two-thirds of a second slower than Vinales.
Pol Espargaro's dominance of practice continues, the Spaniard once again topping the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Mugello. His advantage over 2nd place man Andrea Iannone was minimal, however, the Speed Master rider less than a tenth slower than Espargaro. Thomas Luthi took 3rd spot, the Interwetten rider just pipping Tech 3's Bradley Smith. Marc Marquez, now officially confirmed in the Repsol Honda MotoGP team for next year, could manage only the 5th fastest time, a third of a second slower than Espargaro, but Marquez finished ahead of Simone Corsi and Scott Redding.
Jorge Lorenzo has topped the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Mugello, beating Casey Stoner by over half a second. The Factory Yamaha rider dominated throughout practice, taking the lead early and never ceding it. The Repsol Honda pairing followed Lorenzo, Stoner beating his teammate Dani Pedrosa, while Nicky Hayden put in a sterling performance on the Factory Ducati to end the session in 4th.
The Monster Tech 3 Yamahas followed Hayden, Cal Crutchlow faster than his teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Valentino Rossi ended the session in 7th, the last rider within a second of Lorenzo, and ahead of Pramac Ducati's Hector Barbera and the second Factory Yamaha of Ben Spies. Both Spies and Crutchlow had problems out on track, losing time getting back to the pits from where their bikes had left them. For Crutchlow, it was his bike which packed up on him, while Spies suffered a low-speed tip over after having run into the gravel.
Maverick Vinales got a head start at Mugello, ending the first session of free practice for Moto3 on top of the timesheets. The Avintia rider put his FTR Honda ahead of a flotilla of KTMs, Danny Kent ending seven hundredths ahead of Sandro Cortese, the German just edging Luis Salom on the Kalex KTM, the RW Racing rider just three thousandths off the pace of Cortese. Local favorites Niccolo Antonelli and Romano Fenati took 5th and 6th, all within a third of a second of Vinales.
Results of the Moto3 race at the Sachsenring:
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at the Sachsenring:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at the Sachsenring:
Casey Stoner was fastest in a sunny and dry warm up at the Sachsenring, leading a Repsol Honda 1-2, his teammate Dani Pedrosa just a couple of hundredths behind. Stoner lost he last couple of minutes of the warm up due to a crash at Turn 3, the Australian lowsiding in the very slow Omega Kurve and walking away unharmed. Jorge Lorenzo leads the Yamaha armada behind the Repsol Hondas, with Cal Crutchlow in 4th and Ben Spies in 5th, with only Nicky Hayden on the Factory Ducati interposing himself between Spies and Andrea Dovizioso.
The weather is set to be hot and sunny until around 3pm, meaning the races should be run in dry weather. Given the lack of dry setup time the teams have had, there may be some gambling on tire choice and setup.
Results and summary of a scintillating qualifying session for tomorrow's German MotoGP race:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at the Sachsenring:
Pol Esparagaro's practice dominance continues, the HP Pons Kalex rider topping the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class. Espargaro was fastest both early on and later in the session, going faster as the track dried out, and holding on to the top spot as the rain once again started to fall at the end of FP3. Alex de Angelis took 2nd behind Espargaro, the NGM Forward rider transitioning well to the FTR chassis which the team switched to at Assen, while Marc Marquez ended in 3rd. Andrea Iannone set the 4th fastest time, just ahead of Bradley Smith on the Tech 3 bike.
Rain started to fall very heavily shortly after the session ended, meaning that qualifying looks like taking place in the rain. So far, it has been a very mixed weekend at the Sachsenring.
Weather conditions at the Sachsenring on Saturday morning are the worst of all possible worlds: just enough rain to make the track damp but not properly wet. The track was not dry enough for slicks, but not wet enough to keep the temperatures down in rain tires, meaning that riders choosing to go out risked destroying a set of wet tires just to get some track time. Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and Cal Crutchlow all chose not to go out at all, Lorenzo to save the miles on his engine and spare his sprained ankle, Stoner to save his knee and shoulder, suffered in the crash during practice at Assen, and Crutchlow to avoid further damage to the ankle he injured at Silverstone.
At the end of the session, with the track drying out a little, Michele Pirro and Mattia Pasini put in a fast lap to take the top two positions, putting a CRT machine on top of the timesheet for the first time. Pirro, on the Gresini FTR Honda, nearly a second quicker than Pasini on the Speed Master Aprilia ART, the latter now recovered from his pit lane crash, when he hit a mechanic who crossed pit lane without looking. Nicky Hayden took 3rd spot, and had been fastest for a large part of the session, the Ducati man ending ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Andrea Dovizioso and Pramac's Hector Barbera.