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MotoGP warm up was delayed by an hour because of fog. The fog had left the track a little greasy in spots, as Nicky Hayden crashed at Turn 5 on his out lap, and later in the session, both Alvaro Bautista and Jorge Lorenzo went down at Turn 11. Lorenzo's crash did not slow him down: he led for most of the session, only losing out at the very end, when Casey Stoner sneaked past by one thousandth of a second, the smallest possible margin. Lorenzo ended up 2nd, ahead of Dani Pedrosa and the inseparable Monster Tech 3 Yamaha paring of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow.
Steve Rapp, failed to get within the 107% of the pole time on the Attack Kawasaki wildcard CRT bike, and as he has not managed to do so in any of the sessions so far this weekend, will not be allowed to start. Rapp and Attack Kawasaki will get a second chance in three weeks' time, at Indianapolis.
Results and summary of a thrilling qualifying practice session at Laguna Seca:
The morning fog that is a normal part of most mornings at Laguna Seca was a little thicker and hung around for longer than usual on Saturday morning, causing the AMA session which precedes MotoGP to be rescheduled, but burning off just enough for some MotoGP bikes to go out once FP3 started. The track was still greasy from the mist, the spot under the bridge on the front straight causing a particular problem, but a few brave souls who really needed the track time went out. That was Steve Rapp, especially, as the Attack Kawasaki CRT bike had not turned a wheel on a racetrack until FP1 on Friday, and the improvement by the bike showed, Rapp quickly improving his times from yesterday by a significant margin.
Ten minutes before the session ended, the fog had lifted sufficiently for all of the riders to start thinking of venturing out. Ben Spies was the first brave soul, joining Rapp, Ivan Silva and James Ellison who had already been circulating for a while. Spies soon took top spot, but once his Factory Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo hit the track, it was the Spaniard who dominated, getting well down into the 1'21s to end up topping the timesheets by over eight tenths of a second. Spies finished in 2nd, ahead of Ducati's Nicky Hayden and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow, while Valentino Rossi was 5th.
Dani Pedrosa continued his reign of the MotoGP class at Laguna Seca this afternoon, adding the fastest time in FP2 to his quickest time in FP1 this morning. Where the Repsol Honda man only just held off Jorge Lorenzo in FP1, he stretched his advantage to a much more comfortable third of a second in the afternoon, getting under the race lap record and closing in on the pole record as well. Lorenzo took 2nd again, just as he did this morning, while Casey Stoner was also once again 3rd fastest, though the Australian closed the gap on Lorenzo significantly.
Ben Spies was 4th, and just as this morning the Factory Yamaha rider led a brace of Monster Tech 3 Yamahas, Andrea Dovizioso ahead of Cal Crutchlow. Crutchlow took a very nasty tumble towards the end of the session, destroying his Yamaha M1 and ripping his leathers, causing him to lose some skin on his upper right leg. After Valentino Rossi also crashed in the same place a few minutes later, the session had to be red flagged, Rossi's Ducati sliding into the air fence, causing it to deflate. Rossi walked away from that crash unhurt, though.
Dani Pedrosa has got off to a flying start at Laguna Seca, leading from early in the session and ending FP1 just ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. The Repsol Honda man was quick from the off, closing in on the race lap record as the session drew to a close. Jorge Lorenzo took the lead for part of the session, but at the end, the Factory Yamaha rider had to concede to Pedrosa, the Repsol Honda man gaining most of his advantage in the final section of the track, from the bottom of the Corkscrew back across the line.
Pedrosa's Repsol teammate Casey Stoner ended the session in 3rd, unhappy with the fact that he was four tenths behind his teammate, while Ben Spies finished in 4th, half a second behind Pedrosa and with the potential to have been a little faster, if he hadn't run across Toni Elias on his final lap.
Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man of the day at the post-race test at Mugello, continuing where he left off on Sunday. Lorenzo ended just ahead of the Repsol Hondas of Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner, both men having set their fastest time on the 2012 version of the RC213V, rather than the new version which Honda had brought. Pedrosa only managed three laps on the new bike before a gearchange mistake caused him to crash in the final corner, putting an end to further testing on the bike. Nicky Hayden was 4th quickest, just three tenths behind Lorenzo, and fractionally faster than Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso, while Stefan Bradl ended the day 7th quickest.
Valentino Rossi ended the session in 10th, but his testing day was disrupted when an electronics fault on the new engine caused him to crash at Correntaio. That meant Rossi lost half a day on the revised engine, while engineers tried to track down the cause of the mistake. The changes to the weight distribution, relocating the fuel pod and electronics package, had made a difference, according to the Italian.
Testing has been underway now for a couple of hours at Mugello, with 16 riders from the MotoGP class staying on at the Italian track. Busiest factory will be Honda, with HRC having brought both a brand new bike - a version of the RC213V originally planned to be raced during the 2013 season, but brought forward to see if it provides a cure for the problems Honda is encountering with the new Bridgestone tires - as well as a new spec engine, aimed at improving rideability. They will also be working on one or two solutions to the chatter they have with the current bike.
Ducati also have a new engine to test, though the modifications are very minor. This is the driveability improvement package which Ducati is hoping will make the Desmosedici's power delivery easier to control, and also easier on the tires. There are also one or two modifications to the chassis, though not a new frame itself. This is said to change the weight distribution of the bike in an attempt to help the understeer which is still the GP12's biggest problem.
Results of the Italian Grand Prix for the MotoGP class at Mugello:
Result and summary of the Moto2 race at Mugello:
Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Mugello: