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Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Brno:
Results and summary of the qualifying practice at Brno for the MotoGP class:
Results and summary of the qualifying practice for the Moto3 class at Brno:
Pol Espargaro has topped the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class, putting nearly quarter of a second between himself and 2nd place man Scott Redding. Dominique Aegerter nabbed 3rd, while championship leader Marc Marquez was forced to settle for 4th, nearly four tenths behind Espargaro's time. Thomas Luthi ended in 5th, fractionally slower than fellow Suter rider Marquez.
Dani Pedrosa has dominated the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Brno, setting a searing pace that left the rest of the field gasping for breath. Pedrosa was half a second quicker than the rest of the grid for most of practice, then posted a lap of 1'56.209 on his final lap, getting within a few hundredths of Valentino Rossi's pole lap record set in 2009. Ben Spies took 2nd spot, the Factory Yamaha man the only other rider to get inside the 1'56 mark, but still three quarters of a second down on Pedrosa's time, while Spies' teammate Jorge Lorenzo was for 3rd, eight tenths off Pedrosa's pace. Lorenzo was clearly unhappy with his time at the end, shaking his head on his cool down lap.
The Tech 3 Twosome of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow took 4th and 5th respectively, though little separates them from the times of the factory Yamahas, while Valentino Rossi continues his decent weekend at Brno, bagging 6th, but more importantly, less than a quarter of a second slower than Jorge Lorenzo. Alvaro Bautista led Stefan Bradl in the dance of the satellite Hondas, while Karel Abraham took 9th, just ahead of Randy de Puniet on the Power Electronics Aspar ART bike.
Sandro Cortese was the fastest of the Moto3 men on Saturday morning, putting in a late charge to secure the top spot. The Red Bull KTM rider ended just ahead of Maverick Vinales on the Blusens FTR Honda, while Cortese's teammate Danny Kent grabbed 3rd. Kent was the last rider to be within a second of Cortese, the track having been dirtied by heavy overnight rain.
Thomas Luthi was the fastest man in the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class. The Swiss rider just held off NGM Forward's Alex De Angelis, while Marc VDS Racing rider Scott Redding took 3rd. Simone Corsi nabbed 4th, just short of Redding's time, while Pole Espargaro sneaked ahead of Marc Marquez, the HP Tuenti rider 5th and the Catalunya Caixa man in 6th.
The Moto2 FP2 session also saw the end of Moriwaki in the series. Elena Rosell switched from Moriwaki to Speed Up, leaving the grid bereft of the Japanese chassis. Moriwaki won the inaugural Moto2 championship with Toni Elias in 2010.
Dani Pedrosa has topped the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Brno, setting the final time in the second half of what would be an incident-filled FP2. Jorge Lorenzo - one of several crashers during the session, had taken an early lead in FP2, but had to cede the top spot to Pedrosa at the end, his session complicated by having to use his second bike. The two Spaniards were the only riders to crack into the 1'56s.
The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow took 3rd and 4th respectively, Dovizioso fast all session, Crutchlow moving up into 4th with his final lap, ahead of an impressive Stefan Bradl on the LCR Honda. The factory Ducati is more comfortable at Brno than at Indianapolis, as witnessed by the 6th fastest time of Valentino Rossi, less than half a second off the pace of Pedrosa, and very close to Bradl and Crutchlow. Alvaro Bautista bagged 7th on the San Carlo Gresini Honda, finishing ahead of the second Factory Yamaha of Ben Spies, the Texan being another of the session's fallers. Aleix Espargaro bagged 9th, over two seconds off the pace of Pedrosa, but ahead of the two satellite Ducatis of Toni Elias and Karel Abraham.
Maverick Vinales took top spot in the second session of qualifying for the Moto3 class, leading comfortably from local man and former Red Bull Rookie Jakub Kornfeil. The two FTR Hondas led a brace of KTMs, Danny Kent taking 3rd ahead of Zulfahmi Khairuddin. Niccolo Antonelli secured the 5th fastest time, finishing ahead of Indianapolis Moto3 race winner Luis Salom.
Red flags continue to be a feature of the first morning of practice at Brno. The second session in a row was stopped for safety conditions, this time after Claudio Corti's Italtrans Kalex had destroyed a section of air fence after the Italian had crashed. Corti walked away unscathed, but the air fence his bike hit had to be replaced.
Pol Espargaro came out on top of the restarted session, the HP Tuenti rider putting in a very fast lap at the end of the session. The Spaniard displaced Thomas Luthi, who had looked strong throughout, the Interwetten rider bumped down into 2nd, ahead of Simone Corsi on the IODA FTR. Mika Kallio took 4th spot on the Marc VDS Racing Kales, ahead of Andrea Iannone and championship leader Marc Marquez. Marquez was unable to match the pace of the front runners throughout, ending the session in 6th, ahead of Nico Terol.
Dani Pedrosa carries his momentum from Indianapolis forward to Brno, topping the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at the Czech circuit. Pedrosa put in a fast lap towards the end of the session, despite being hit by a stone thrown up by Valentino Rossi's Ducati when he ran wide in the final corner, which left the Spaniard limping, and put a sizable hole through his fairing. Rossi's run off caused the session to be briefly red-flagged while the marshals cleaned the track.
Jorge Lorenzo ended the session in 2nd, just over a tenth of the time set by Pedrosa, while Andrea Dovizioso took 3rd, fractionally behind Lorenzo. Cal Crutchlow was 4th, a couple of tenths behind his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha teammate, and just ahead of the second Factory Yamaha of Ben Spies. Alvaro Bautista was 6th on the San Carlo Gresini Honda, just under half a second slower than Pedrosa.
Valentino Rossi set the 7th fastest time, but was well over a second slower than Pedrosa. Stefan Bradl took 8th on the LCR Honda, just three tenths ahead of Randy de Puniet on the Power Electronics Aspar Aprilia. Yonny Hernandez rounds out the top 10, half a second behind De Puniet.
Jonas Folger's switch to the Aspar team is paying off. After a podium at Indianapolis, the young German topped the timesheets in the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Brno, and by some margin. Miguel Oliveira followed, over a third of a second behind, and just ahead of the two title rivals, Sandro Cortese quicker than Maverick Vinales. Danny Kent followed in fifth, just ahead of Alex Rins.