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Pol Espargaro has topped the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Estoril, the Pons Kalex rider posting a fast lap at the end of the session to edge ahead of Marc Marquez, who had in turn just sneaked ahead of Scott Redding. Redding's Marc VDS Racing teammate Mika Kallio set the 4th fastest time, while Moto2 rookie and last year's 125cc championship runner-up Johann Zarco took 5th place.
Times were still a second and a half off the lap record, though the improved track conditions - the surface was nearly completely dry by the end of FP2 - means that Moto2 was much closer to the lap record than either MotoGP or Moto3 had been. There is a possibility of rain this afternoon, but conditions at Estoril remain as changeable as ever.
Ben Spies has topped the first session of practice for the MotoGP class at Estoril, the Texan getting the best of the tricky conditions to top the timesheets. The track started damp, but was drying rapidly under the Portuguese sun. Most of the riders stayed inside their garages waiting for the track conditions to improve - for Hector Barbera and birthday boy Jorge Lorenzo, they didn't improve enough, the two Spaniards choosing to sit the first session of practice out - but by the end, the majority of the field felt the track was good enough to provide useful data.
After a couple of tough weekends, Spies put in a lot of laps working on the setup he had been struggling with, and was rewarded with a fastest time. Behind the Factory Yamaha rider, the two Ducatis also had a good session in conditions which suit them - marginal grip and a drying track - to take 2nd and 3rd, while Casey Stoner leaped up the standings at the end of the session to end in 4th. Alvaro Bautista was the fastest of the satellite bikes, just keeping ahead of Cal Crutchlow, who was in turn just a fraction faster than his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa ended the session in 8th, ahead of the first CRT rider Yonny Hernandez.
Action is underway at the last MotoGP round to be run in Portugal for a while. The first session of free practice for the Moto3 class took place under sunny skies but on a track that was still soaked from the overnight rain. At the end of FP1, it was Maverick Vinales who set the fastest time, leading ahead of local hero Miguel Oliveira. Oliveira was the only rider to finish within a second of Vinales, 3rd fastest man Alberto Moncayo ending the session 1.091 behind Vinales.
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Johann Zarco has topped the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Jerez, taking over the lead just as the session ended. The Frenchman just edged Thomas Luthi, who also put in a late charge, by less than three hundredths of a second, after Luthi had in turn demoted Andrea Iannone to 3rd.Zarco had swapped the top spot throughout the session, first with Ant West, the Australian who always shines in the rain, and then with Iannone and Luthi. Marc Marquez could not get close enough to the fastest riders to contend for the top time, but ended in 4th, ahead of Randy Krummenacher and Pol Espargaro.
With conditions dependably wet at last, the MotoGP class got their first session of practice providing usable data. Dani Pedrosa ended FP3 on top, just as he had yesterday in the afternoon, the Repsol Honda rider managing the rain tires best at Jerez. Jorge Lorenzo was not far behind, though, the Yamaha man ending the session a tenth behind Pedrosa, and two tenths ahead of Pedrosa Repsol Honda teammate Casey Stoner. Nicky Hayden proved that the Ducati works well in the wet, just missing out on 3rd by four hundredths of a second, and comfortably ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow.
Valentino Rossi slipped down the order to 6th during FP3, but the Italian once again looked much more aggressive on the Ducati than he has for a while. That did not pay off in terms of results, though, Rossi nearly a second and a half slower than Pedrosa, and only fractionally quicker than Andrea Dovzioso. Stefan Bradl continues to impress in his rookie year, the German putting the LCR Honda into 8th, just behind Dovizioso and Rossi, while Cardion AB's Karel Abraham was not far behind Bradl. Aspar's Randy de Puniet was the first of the CRT bikes, putting his Aprilia ART ahead of three prototype bikes, including the factory Yamaha of Ben Spies, who continues to struggle at Jerez.
With the weather a little more settled in Jerez on Saturday morning - it rained for most of the night, and the track is now fully wet - practice returned to some semblance of normality. Miguel Oliveira's dominance of Moto3 in the wet continued, topping the FP3 session by over a second with a fast flying lap at the very end. The Portuguese rider deposed former Red Bull Rookie Arthur Sissis from top spot, the young Australian being demoted to 2nd, just ahead of Danny Kent, though Kent could have gone faster if he hadn't got engaged in an altercation with RW Racing's Luis Salom. After yesterday's problems in the rain, Romano Fenati found his feet again, and ended the session in 5th.