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Marc Marquez led a trio of Spaniards to the top three spots in the final free practice at the Misano circuit. Second was Jorge Lorenzo and third was a surprisingly quick Alavaro Bautista, half a second off Marquez's pace. FP4, which does not determine which riders get into the two qualifying sessions, has not proven to be an accurate gauge of race pace as riders generally have used to to experiment with final adjustments on their bikes prior to qualifying.
Alex Rins, with a 1’42.917, posted the fastest time in Moto3's third free practice Saturday at the Misano curcuit in Italy. Rins beat Jonas Folger by two tenths of a second and Maverick Viñales by another four tenths.
Jack Miller placed fourth and and Rins’ teammate Alex Marquez, younger brother to MotoGP's Marc, was fifth. Miller crashed during FP3 at Turn 15 but was reported to be fine.
Takaaki Nakagami held the top spot in FP2 by the blink of an eye, a mere one thousandth of a second in front of second-place Pol Espargaro. Esteve Rabat grabbed the third fastest lap, three tenths of a second behind the leaders on Friday's final practice at the Misano circuit.
Once again, not much of a gap separates the Moto2 riders with less than a second between fastest and out-of-the-points in 16th position. Championship leader Scott Redding finished the day fourth fastest.
Near the end the of the session, Nakagami crashed out and was stretchered off the track. Early reports are that the rider is fine although a bit banged up.
Repsol's Marc Marquez finished the first day of free practice at the Misano circuit where he started: fastest rider on the track. But Marquez's 1'34.200, set about halfway through the session, was only three-hundredths clear of teammate Dani Pedrosa. Ending the day in third place was Valentino Rossi who appeared to be enjoying both his home circuit and a new seamless gearbox in his M1. Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo finished fourth, a mere four-hundredths slower than Rossi.
But if anything threatened to take attention away from Marquez's raw speed or Yamaha's new tech it was this: Aleix Espargargo finished FP2 in fifth place on the Aprilia CRT bike, not even a full three-tenths of a second slower than Lorenzo's factory Yamaha.
Alex Rins grabbed the top of the timesheet with a time of 1’43.457, a lap that put him more than two-tenths clear of second fastest, Maverick Vinales. Alex Marquez arrived in third, another one-tenth back.
Championship leader Luis Salom crashed hard about halfway into the session on the track’s final corner. He made it back out with four minutes left in the second free practice. He had been running in seventh at the time and managed a sixth-fastest lap before the sesion's end. Salom finished second in last year's race at the Italian track.
Takaaki Nakagami topped the the first Moto2 practice timesheet with a 1’38.634, a time which not only put him one-tenth of a second clear of second place, it would have left him at 22nd fastest in the MotoGP grid in FP1. Esteve Rabat took second and Thomas Luthi, who led most of the session, came in third-fastest, two-tenths off the pace. Championship leader Scott Redding came in fourth fastest at another two-tenths back. Pol Espargaro, second in the championship, set the sixth-fastest time but was another two-tenths behind Redding.
Rookie and championship leader Marc Marquez didn't run the consistently fastest pace at the first free practice at Italy's Misano circuit Friday but then he didn't have to. With a fast lap two-tenths of a second clear of his second-place teammate Dani Pedrosa, Marquez top spot wasn't seriously threatened all morning.
Yamaha teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, using Yamaha's new seamless gearbox, finished third and fourth respectively. Both riders noted that the new gearbox -- an attempt to match technology with the Honda factory effort -- won't necessarily bring faster qualifying and practice times. But it will, they estimate, mean faster and more consistent laps and tire wear over race distance.
Alvaro Bautista finshed just behind Rossi (again) to round out the top five. Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow, typically near the top in practice and qualifying, struggled through the session finishing more than one second off the pace in 11th place.
Maverick Vinales, fourth fastest at the previous race at Silverstone, started quickly at the Misano circuit in Italy Friday with the quickest time of the first practice session. The KTM rider, with a lap of 1'44.311, ended more than two-tenths of a second clear of second place -- a virtual country mile in the always-tight Moto3 class. Efren Vasquez managed a second-fastest with Jonas Folger in third. Championship leader Luis Salom lapped the circuit only seventh-fastest , four tenths back of his chief-rival Vinales. But lap times are expected to drop further in the next practice sessions, likely to be held in warm and dry conditions.
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