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Jorge Lorenzo blitzed his final lap of the third free practice Saturday to set the fastest time of the weekend at the Le Man's circuit. Lorenzo's 1'33.021 left him two hundreths clear of Marc Marquez (2nd) and Pol Espargaro (3rd). Alvaro Bautista (4th), Valentino Rossi (5th) and Stefan Bradl rounded out the top six.
The top ten riders will advance to the second qualifying session with the bottom 12 set to compete in qualifying round 1. The top two riders from Q1 will advance to Q2.
Efren Vazquez reclaimed his form from the first free practice and topped the timesheet Saturday in the third free practice at the Le Mans circuit. Vazquez's 1'42.847 put him nearly two-tenths clear of second place and greatly improved on his FP2 finish in 12th place. Isaac Vinales grabbed second and points leader Jack Miller settled into third.
Alex Rins, more than two-tenths back finished fourth and Alex Marquez (5th) rounded out the top five under slear skies and warming temperatures.
Luis Salom edged out consistent front-runner Tito Rabat to set the fast time in FP2 Friday at Le Mans. Salom's 1'38.254 put him a mere six-hundredths ahead of the Moto2 championship points leader. Maverick Vinales, only 12th fastest in FP1, closed the gap to the leaders with a 1'38.365 for the day's third-fastest time.
Dominique Aegerter, who ran as high a second late in the session, ended in fourth, only four-thousandths shy of Vinales. Jonas Folger (5th) finished his day two-tenths shy of Salom. Similar to Moto3, the top 19 riders are within a second of the leader at the tight, 4 km (2.6 mi.) circuit.
Marc Marquez topped the field in Friday's second MotoGP qualifying session but only by a hair's breadth. Marquez's 1'33.452 at the Le Mans circuit left him only seven-thousandths clear of Andrea Iannone who put in a blistering lap toward the end of the afternoon session. Alvaro Bautista finished his day another two-tenths back. Bradley Smith (4th) saved his best for last and jumped several places in the order on his final lap.
Dani Pedrosa also set his fast time late in the session but was dropped into fifth after the late runs of Iannone and Smith. Stefan Bradl, still recovering from arm-pump surgery last week, managed sixth just in front of Jorge Lorenzo. Andrea Dovizioso ended the session six-tenths from the leader, followed closely by Aleix Espargaro. An improved final lap allowed Valentino Rossi to climb into 10th from 11th.
Alex Marquez took advantage of a warming track to set the fastest-ever Moto3 lap at the Le Mans circuit in France. Even so, Marquez's 1'43.395 only put him only four-hundredths in front of Alex Rins (2nd) and Jack Miller (3rd). Isaac Vinales (4th) and Enea Bastianini (5th) completed the top five.
The field is tightly bunched even by Moto3 standards with the top 19 riders separated by less than a second. The weather, warm and dry in the afternoon, is expected to hold at least through Saturday qualifying and perhaps into Sunday's races.
Tito Rabat overcame reported illness to set the fast time in the first free practice Friday at the Le Mans circuit in France. Rabat's 1'38.446 was good for nearly two-tenths quicker than Alex De Anglelis, who set the second-fastest time. Thomas Luthi managed third but was nearly half a second behind the leader.
Jonas Folger (4th) finished FP1 more than half a second behind with Mattia Pasini (5th) right on his heels. Jerez race winner Mika Kallio, who currently sits second in the championship, lingered in 14th position.
Rabat reportedly is suffering from kidney stones.
Marc Marquez led the pack at the first free practice Friday at the Le Mans circuit in France. Marquez's time of 1'34.328 was a mere one-tenth better than second-fastest Dani Pedrosa and two-tenths faster than Valentino Rossi (3rd). Jorge Lorenzo (4th) and Alvaro Bautista (5th) rounded out the top five in the morning session under a clear sky at the circuit which is entering its 14th consecutive year of Grand Prix motorcycle racing.
Marquez's first practice time not only is tantalizingly close to his pursuers, it is only three-tenths faster than last year's FP1 time set by Jorge Lorenzo. Even so, Marquez was fast most of the 45-minute session and Pedrosa, Rossi and Lorenzo all set their fast times at the session's end.
Once again a Vinales set the fastest time in the Le Mans first free practice. But this year it was Isaac, cousin to last year's Moto3 champion and current Moto2 rider Maverick Vinales. However, Isaac Vinales' time of 1'43.998 Friday morning was nearly two seconds faster than the prior year's fast time in FP1.
Efren Vazquez placed second, a tenth of a second back. And Alex Marquez came in third-fastest, a three-tenths behind the leaders. Alex Rins (4th) and the Jerez race winner winner Romano Fenati (5th) rounded out the top five. Championship leader Jack Miller, fourth with eight minutes to go, dropped a two additional places at the session's end.
Marc Marquez was the fastest man at the Jerez post-race test, setting a quick lap early in the day which would not be beaten. The Repsol Honda man had a big gap to Jorge Lorenzo for most of the day, but the Movistar Yamaha rider closed the gap to just over a quarter of a second by the end of the day.
Valentino Rossi ended the day in 3rd, after a late lap put him ahead of Dani Pedrosa, who, like Marquez, stopped testing earlier in the afternoon. Alvaro Bautista was the fastest of the satellite Hondas, leading Stefan Bradl by a fraction, the LCR Honda man being the last rider within a seconf of Marquez. Pol Espargaro was quickest of the Tech 3 riders, while brother Aleix was sandwiched between Pol and Bradley Smith.
Times at the end of the day:
The test continues at Jerez, but the names at the top of the timesheets remain unchanged. Marc Marquez is still fastest, his lead over Jorge Lorenzo unchanged.
Times at 3:30pm: