MotoGP, Moto2, 125cc – News from Mugello Practice

July 2, 2011

125cc, Moto2, MotoGP

MotoGP:

Marco Simoncelli’s last minute fast lap in Friday morning’s free practice put him on top of the pack for the day, ahead of Repsol Honda riders Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso on the first day of action at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM. Dovizioso topped a rain marred second practice session.

The top three riders were within one tenth of a second of each other in the morning session, with the Italian from Cattolica setting the fastest time of the day with a 1’48.987, while the second session was hindered by a light rain that was not enough to warrant rain tyres, and yet too slippery to push for fast laps on slicks until the last five minutes, thus leaving the MotoGP field unable to make the most of the second free practice.

Simoncelli’s morning lap on his San Carlo Honda Gresini Team bike was 0.040s faster than the best from Casey Stoner, who did not participate in the second session, and 0.101s ahead of Andrea Dovizioso for the day. The fastest Yamaha in the session was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, who set a fourth quickest time of 1’49.251, just slightly more than a tenth of a second ahead of team mate Ben Spies.

Colin Edwards posted the sixth fastest time of the day on his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike, followed by Dani Pedrosa, who returns to racing after a 3 round absence due to a fractured a collarbone sustained at Le Mans. The Repsol Honda rider won the race here last year, leading every lap from pole position.

Friday’s swiftest Ducati was that of Nicky Hayden, who posted a time of 1’50.203, while team mate Valentino Rossi suffered an electrical problem. The Italian pulled off the track in FP1 and was assisted by track marshals who pushed his Ducati to the pits, leaving him 13th in the timings.

Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) completed the top ten times of the session.

Moto2:

Marc Márquez remained the fastest Moto2 rider, topping the dry afternoon session despite rain falling earlier in afternoon. The Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider and winner at Assen last weekend posted a lap time of 1’53.241, nearly half a second over his best morning time despite lower track temperatures.

Championship leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) and Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) were again second and third fastest, although they were much closer to the Spaniard in the afternoon session, respectively 0.121s and 0.230s behind Márquez compared to their margins of 0.319s and 0.583s of the earlier practice.

Italian Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) went over a second faster in FP2, bettering his position to from sixth to fourth for the day, and nearly half a second faster than the fifth of Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing).

Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) was sixth, just ahead of Tech 3 Racing Team mates Bradley Smith and Mike di Meglio. The British rider, who crashed out of the morning practice, was able to make up some of his lost time to place seventh, while his French team mate bettered his morning time by 0.752s, moving into eighth.

Randy Krummenacher (Switzerland Team GP Kiefer Racing) followed in ninth by a mere 0.002s behind di Meglio, and Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) placed tenth for the day, completing the first ten riders who were all within a second of each other.

Finishing just outside the top ten was Italian Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing Moto2) in 11th, with the next Italian riders placing 21st, 22nd and 23rd for the day, respectively Raffaele De Rosa (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2), Mattia Pasini (IODA Racing Project) and Simone Corsi (IODA Racing Project).

125cc:

Bankia Aspar’s Nico Terol resumed his position at the top of the timings in the 125cc field. The Spaniard was followed by Avant-AirAsia-Ajo team members Johann Zarco and Efrén Vázquez.

World Championship leader Terol resumed his lead position after missing the race at Assen due to injury to his right hand. The Spaniard was 0.864s faster than Zarco, who crashed out at the end of the dry free practice session, and one second faster than Vázquez.

The three lead a top ten dominated by Spanish and German riders, with Sandro Cortese (Intact-Racing Team Germany) riding his Aprilia fourth quickest with a time of 1’59.879, lone British rider Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo MotorSport) 0.564s behind the German in fifth, Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) sixth, Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo MotorSport) seventh, team mates Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar Team) and Adrian Martín eighth and ninth fastest, and Spaniard Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) completing the top ten.

The fastest Italian rider in the single cylinder class was local wildcard rider Massimo Parziani (Faenza Racing), who posted the 12th fastest time, just 0.068s behind Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team’s Sergio Gadea, who topped the later rain affected afternoon session.

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