2014 Brno MotoGP FP4 Result: Rossi Quickest, Rossi Crashes

The weather didn't play a part on the free practice session, allowing riders to determine their pace for the racing tomorrow and get a last half hour of setup before the qualifying.

Valentino Rossi set a 1'56.207 lap early on, a time that stood throughout the entire session. Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were able to go quicker in the first two sectors, but the Hondas couldn't tie the last half of the track together in spite of the fact the Honda's power put it at a theoretical advantage up the power-sapping incline in sector three.

Rossi unfortunately crashed and spent most of the session in the medical centre, tucking the front on a high-speed corner entry. He injured the little finger on his left hand, but was cleared for qualifying, having not suffered a fracture. His bike was damaged severely, but Rossi has a second bike for qualifying.

Bautista also crashed at the same spot, seconds after Rossi, and stated that he thought there was something on the track, but neither rider suggested a red flag.

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2014 Brno Moto3 QP Result: Weather Disrupts Red Flagged Session

The Moto3 QP session was held under mutable weather and a red flag that fell at the worst time, with ten minutes left as the weather cleared. When the track reopened, the optimal conditions could had left.

2014 Brno Moto2 FP3 Result: Rabat Takes Late Lead

Thomas Luthi took early control of the dry session on his Interwetten Paddock Suter bike, knocking half a second off Marc VDS's Mika Kallio and Tito Rabat's times from yesterday. He was joined at the top by reigning World Supersport Champion Sam Lowes on the Speed Up as the only other rider under 2'03 at the halfway mark.

With fifteen minutes left, Tito Rabat went quickest, bringing with it the hungry sharks sensing chummed water, trying to latch onto him for a fast lap. Rabat evaded them with a ride through the pit lane, exiting into clear track, but he was unable to to go any quicker as the chequered flag fell.

Sandro Cortese joined the top three under the 2'03 mark, with Mika Kallio just missing out in fifth.

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2014 Brno MotoGP FP3 Result: Pedrosa Throws Down A Marker

Dani Pedrosa has topped the final session of practice for the MotoGP class at Brno. The Repsol Honda rider found a real burst of speed towards the end of the session, extending the gap over his teammate to over three tenths of a second by the end of the session. Marc Marquez was forced to settle for second, after taking an early lead.

The final minutes of the session turned hectic, as ever, with riders pushing hard for a fast lap to ensure a place in Q2. Bradley Smith posted an impressive time to take 3rd spot, under half a second off the time of Pedrosa, and just ahead of the Movistar Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. Andrea Iannone secured his place in Q2 with the 6th fastest time, very close behind Rossi, and just a fration ahead of Pol Espargaro on the Tech 3 Yamah. Andrea Dovizioso led the factory Ducati pair, with Crutchlow posting the 9th fastest time ahead of Aleix Espargaro. Aleix Espargaro had been unable to improve his time from yesterday, but had already booked a place in Q2. 

The Repsol Hondas had a clear advantage, but behind them, times were extremely close. A tenth of a second separated Bradley Smith in 3rd from Andrea Dovizioso in 8th, with Cal Crutchlow another tenth of a second behind that.

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2014 Brno Moto3 FP3 Result: Alex Rins Heads A Honda Charge

Alex Rins has ended the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class on top of the timesheets. The Estrella Galicia rider put in a late charge in the final minutes to take over the lead from hist teammate Alex Marquez. Ongetta Rivacold rider Alexis Masbou made it a Honda clean sweep of the top three, a repeat of the FP2 result.

Honda's dominance saw Jack Miller bumped down to 4th, the Red Bull KTM rider finishing just ahead of his teammate Karel Hanika. The young Czech has performed well at his home Grand Prix, handling the pressure admirably. Danny Kent took sixth place on the Husqvarna, just ahead of Mahindra's Miguel Oliveira.

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2014 Brno MotoGP Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Brno:

Round Number: 
11
Year: 
2014

2014 Brno Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Brno:

Round Number: 
11
Year: 
2014

2014 Brno MotoGP Friday Round Up: Yamaha's Big Improvement, Elbow Down In The Wet, And The Factory Bosses Speak

The first day of practice at Brno turned out to be a day of two halves. The morning was glorious, sunny and relatively warm. Clouds began gathering shortly after lunch, and the first spots of rain started to fall just as FP2 for the Moto3 class came to a close. The rain grew steadily heavier for the first half of the MotoGP afternoon practice session, easing up and stopping with some ten minutes to go. By the time the Moto2 bikes took to the track, the circuit was already drying, though it only really dried out completely towards the end of Moto2.

The two halves of MotoGP practice showed the same picture, however. Marc Marquez is fast in the wet and fast in the dry, and clearly looking comfortable on the Repsol Honda. Teammate Dani Pedrosa is also quick in both conditions, though a little closer to Marquez on a wet track than on a dry track. In the dry, Jorge Lorenzo is very close to Marc Marquez, but in the wet, both he and Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi are a second off the pace of the Repsols.

Speed in the morning had given Lorenzo confidence he could be competitive with Marquez, and his pace in the wet was not a worry, he said. Everyone had started slowly in the wet, and Lorenzo was no exception. For Rossi, the second they are giving away to the Hondas in the wet is an issue, but losing track time to the rain was more of a problem. Rossi had been fifth in the dry, just a quarter of a second off Marquez, and after FP1, he and his crew had some ideas to improve turn in and enter the corner faster, right where he is losing out to the others. The rain meant he did not have a chance to test it, and with the chance of rain on Saturday, Rossi was concerned he would not be able to try it out before the race.

Leon Camier Explains The Difference Between Turning A WSBK Pirelli And A MotoGP Bridgestone

Leon Camier turned a lot of heads at Indianapolis in his first ride on the Drive M7 Aspar Honda production racer. The Englishman was drafted in to replace Nicky Hayden while he recovers from surgery, but despite it being the first time he rode a MotoGP bike, the Bridgestone tires, carbon brakes, and the Indianapolis circuit, Camier was very quickly up to speed with the other Open class Hondas.

Having a fast rider come in to MotoGP from World Superbikes allows a number of comparisons to be made. Among the most interesting is the difference in technology and tires. At Brno, Camier explained the difference in feel and cornering between the World Superbike Pirellis and the MotoGP Bridgestones. The front tire, especially, is a completely different kettle of fish, requiring a different style, and therefore different set up.

"The main [differene] for me is the tires and the brakes," Camier told us, "the tires being the biggest one. It's just that you have so much more front grip and with angle that you can brake and turn in with the brake on. [The front tire] is adjusting itself to be able to do that."

2014 Brno Moto2 FP2 Result: Kallio Leads Luthi In Tricky Conditions

The session started with the rain having stopped and the sun drying the wet track, but the conditions weren't good enough for anything but collecting wet data. As the track approached usability, Hafizh Syahrin and Anthony West traded fast laps at the top until the halfway mark.

With 20 minutes left, the top spot was occupied by several riders in succession as the conditions allowed the slick tyres to operate safely, but nobody in the top 30 was challenging the morning's times until the last eight minutes, when Mika Kallio took a tenth off his morning's best time. This was followed by a 2'03.268 that put Kallio within under two tenths off his Mark VDS teammate Tito Rabat's best time of the day. Thomas Luthi was second-quickest of the session, nearly stealing the top spot at the flag, ahead of Tito Rabat and Sandro Cortese.

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2014 Brno MotoGP FP2 Result: Rain Arrived On Cue

Rain opened the session with Andrea Iannone and Hector Barbera setting the only dry laps, crossing the line as the skies opened. Dani Pedrosa set the wet pace and was predictably bested by Marc Marquez. Cal Crutchlow was briefly the quickest wet rider, but the Repsol Honda duo returned to the third and fourth places.

With more rain likely tomorrow morning, the places for the qualifying sessions could already have been determined this morning.

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2014 Brno Moto3 FP2 Result: Marquez Heads Honda Charge

Alex Marquez leads the field by a third of a second, the same gap he trails behind the lap record of 2'07.622 with. Alex Rins, Marquez's Estrella Galicia teammate, and Alexis Masbou round out the all-Honda, all-Alex provisional front row, with Jakub Kornfeil managing to depose this morning's sensation Enea Bastianini. 

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2014 Brno Moto2 FP1 Result: Rabat Powers Uphill To Top Spot

Tito Rabat took the top spot off the early pacesetter Mika Kallio, and maintained his position with incrementally quicker laps throughout the session.

Sandro Cortese pipped Dominique Aegerter to second quickest at the end of the session, with both riders losing out to Rabat in the uphill third sector. Julian Simon made a rare appearance in the top four, while Mika Kallio sneaked in a quick time at the flag for fifth.

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2014 Brno MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez And Lorenzo Contest Top Spot

Marc Marquez has topped the timesheets for the first session of free practice for MotoGP at Brno, after a protracted tussle with Jorge Lorenzo. The Repsol Honda and Yamaha men swapped top spot a couple of times, pushing harder to take back the lead each time the other took it away. The difference was small, just under four hundredths of a second.

Dani Pedrosa ended the session in third, and right on the tail of the leaders, Pedrosa finishing just 0.015 behind Lorenzo, and five hundredths behind Marquez. Aleix Espargaro put in a late fast lap to take fourth, two tenths off the pace of Marquez, and dropping Valentino Rossi to fifth. Stefan Bradl took the sixth fastest time, after briefly leading the session. 

A late charge in the last ten minutes saw the second half of the top ten shaken up. A lot of riders pushed for a fast lap on a dry track, with the threat of rain this afternoon and tomorrow morning. Andrea Dovizioso, Yonny Hernandez, Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith put in time that would provisionally see them through to Q2, at the expense of Michele Pirro, Andrea Iannone, Scott Redding and Cal Crutchlow.

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2014 Brno Moto3 FP1 Result: Bastianini Leads After A Late Charge

Enea Bastianini has topped the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at a sunny Brno. The Go&Fun Junior rider was the fastest of a large group of riders who pushed late as the track warmed up, putting three tenths of a second on championship rivals Alex Marquez and Jack Miller. Efren Vazquez ended the session in fourth, after leading for much of the session, while Karel Hanika posted an excellent 5th fastest time in front of his home crow, just edging out Isaac Vinales.

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