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Bancaja Aspar's Nico Terol kicked off the 80th Dutch TT at Assen by topping the timesheets in first session of free practice for the 125cc class. Terol took over the top position from Tuenti Derbi's Pol Esparagaro, who had led for most of the session, but eventually had to let both Terol and Red Bull Ajo's Marc Marquez ahead of them. Terol's Bancaja Aspar teammate Bradley Smith rounded out the top four, and was the last rider within a second of Terol.
The changes to the Ruskenhoek corner - widening the entry, and turning it from nearly a right angle corner to a diagonal corner - have made the track considerably quicker. Though nominally only 10 meters shorter, times were 3.5 seconds quicker than the same session last year, and over 2.2 seconds quicker than Sandro Cortese's 125cc pole time from 2009.
Results of the 125cc race at Silverstone:
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Silverstone:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Silverstone:
The Marlboro Ducatis found some speed during the morning warmup for the MotoGP class. Casey Stoner ended the session fastest, with teammate Nicky Hayden in 3rd, and Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo sandwiched between them in 2nd. The cool temperatures combined with the bumpy track to cause a couple of crashes. Dani Pedrosa lost the front on the way in to Club Corner, and slid off, walking away unhurt. Hiroshi Aoyama was less fortunate, being flicked off in a big highside. His injury status is unknown at this time.
UPDATE: Hiroshi Aoyama landed on his back and bruised it heavily. He was in severe pain, and has been taken to hospital for further examination. He will not be racing.
Results and summary of qualifying practice for the Moto2 class:
Results and summary of Qualifying Practice from Silverstone:
Results and summary of 125cc QP:
Claudio Corti denied the British fans a second spot of glory during the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class, by setting a blistering lap under 2'10 in the final moments of the session. MarcVDS' Scott Redding had set the fastest time earlier in the morning, with a flying lap that almost ended in disaster as the young Briton crossed the line. Redding ran wide on the exit of the final corner and onto the grass, clinging on to the bike to come across the line in a time of 2'10.731. Jules Cluzel had also nipped ahead of Redding a few minutes before Corti, taking 2nd place ahead of the Briton. BQR's Yonny Hernandez caused another suprise, the Colombian setting the 4th fastest time ahead of Alex Debon.
Dani Pedrosa ruled the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Silverstone. The Repsol Honda waited until the last quarter of FP2 to put in the fastest lap of the weekend so far, and the first man to get under 2'05 at the Silverstone circuit. Pedrosa finished ahead of LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet, the Frenchman determined to make an impression in the UK, and Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner was 4th quickest, ending the session just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, the Repsol Honda rider the last of the riders to finish within a second of Pedrosa.
The session was marred by a number of crashes, the tarmac changes and overnight rain catching several riders out, though none were seriously injured. Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Marco Simoncelli and Hector Barbera all went down during FP2, with Barbera coming off worst, the engine of the Spaniard's Pagina Amarillas Ducati GP10 continuing to run for a long time as it sat on its side, the cutoff switch failing to kill the engine. Running with no oil flow is likely to have been terminal for Barbera's Ducati, cutting his engine allocation by one.
Bradley Smith eased the pain of British fans after yesterday's soccer disaster by setting the fastest time in the morning session for the 125cc class. The Bancaja Aspar rider ended the session ahead of Tuenti Derbi's Pol Espargaro, and yesterday's fastest man Red Bull's Marc Marquez. Efren Vazquez and Nico Terol rounded out the usual top 5, the rest of the field over a second back.
Jorge Lorenzo has topped the timesheets during the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class on their return to Silverstone, taking the lead with a quarter of the session to go. The Fiat Yamaha rider finished a little over a tenth ahead of Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner, who, like Lorenzo, took a little while to get up to speed at the track. Andrea Dovizioso ended the session in 3rd, another two tenths behind Stoner.
The early running had been made by LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet, who used the benefit of the experienced he gained on a track day at Silverstone a few weeks ago. But Lorenzo, Stoner, and Dovizioso had matched the Frenchman's pace by the halfway mark, and were ahead of him shortly afterwards. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies did not have the benefit of prior track knowledge, but ended the session in 5th, though over a second and a quarter behind Lorenzo. Spies did finish ahead of Repsol Honda man Dani Pedrosa, who was nearly 1.6 seconds behind his title rival Lorenzo, and only a couple of thousandths ahead of San Carlo Gresini's Marco Melandri.