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The weather at Misano is finally starting to improve, with the sun tentatively trying to poke its way through the clouds. The track dried out as the session went on, prompting riders to test out both slicks and wets, though the slicks only really started to work towards the end. It was Alvaro Bautista who made best use of the tires, lapping over a second faster than the 2nd place man Valentino Rossi, the Italian finally getting some track time after electing to sit out the awful conditions on Friday. Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa followed suit, though the two championship leaders were three seconds off the pace of Bautista and a two seconds slower than Rossi, both the Yamaha and the Honda man only going out on wets. Andrea Dovizioso nabbed 5th, ahead of Danilo Petrucci on the Suter BMW, the first of the CRT riders.
The weather is now improving rapidly, meaning that qualifying should be a more straightforward affair. But with so little track time, the teams will have an awful lot of set up work to do.
The weather is still the main topic of conversation at Misano, the Moto3 riders being sent out first to test the track, as always. Jonas Folger dominated the final session of free practice, fastest in all conditions as the track slowly started to dry. Sandro Cortese closed the gap towards the end, cutting his deficit to fellow German Folger to half a second, while Miguel Oliveira took 3rd. The sun is starting to break through the clouds now, though, and so the rest of practice should take place under dry conditions.
The weather continues to take center stage at Misano, with the rain wreaking the same kind of havoc on FP2 for Moto2 as it had for all of the previous sessions. At the end of the damp session, Xavier Simeon ended at the top of the timesheets, just over a tenth quicker than Claudio Corti, while Andrea Iannone took 3rd. Johan Zarco ended up in 4th, ahead of Julian Simon and Thomas Luthi, while Marcel Schrotter took advantage of the damp conditions to put the SAG Bimota into 7th. Marc Marquez finally took to the track in the afternoon, after skipping the morning session, but the Spaniard took it easy, managing just the 12th fastest time. His championship rival Pol Espargaro did the same, the HP Tuenti rider ending up down in 18th.
The conditions were not kind to the MotoGP class at Misano, once again refusing either to rain properly to allow the use of full wet tires or to dry out enough to set decent lap times on slicks. The miserable weather saw many riders just sat in the pits, with championship contenders Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa not willing to risk injury at this crucial stage of the championship.
Of the riders that did ride, it was Karel Abraham who was quickest, heading up James Ellison by over a second, with Michele Pirro in 3rd, ahead of Yonny Hernandez. Jonathan Rea spent a few laps on the Repsol Honda, still getting acclimatized to a MotoGP bike, and setting the 5th fastest time.
The weather is expected to improve a little tomorrow, though the day could still start out wet, but Sunday promises to be warmer and completely dry. Hopefully, the fans coming to the circuit will see more riders out on track tomorrow.
Conditions remain difficult at Misano, with very light showers blowing in from time to time, the blustery winds blowing them away again just as fast. Romano Fenati got the best of the conditions, his best lap over a second faster than the rest of the pack, but the Italian youngster got a little too eager at the end, being flipped off his bike in the final moments after catching his kneeslider. Maverick Vinales took 2nd, just fractionally faster than Jonas Folger, while Italian wildcard Kevin Calia impressed once again with the 4th fastest time. Alberto Moncayo ended the session in 5th, just ahead of British rider Danny Kent.
With light rain falling on and off throughout the morning, conditions at Misano are difficult, so difficult in fact that Marc Marquez, sitting on a comfortable lead in the championship, decided to sit the session out rather than risk injury in a fairly meaningless Moto2 practice session. At the end of FP1 it was Johann Zarco who came out on top of the session, taking top spot right at the end, and deposing Gino Rea at the end. The British rider had led the session for the last ten minutes or so, before losing out in the final seconds. Ant West took 3rd, shining as ever in tricky conditions, while Andrea Iannone bagged 4th, despite a rather stupid crash when he turned round to shake his fist at another rider who had been sitting on the racing line.
Danilo Petrucci topped a treacherous first session of practice for the MotoGP class, though conditions were such that more than half the grid stayed in their garages, deciding that venturing out would be unproductive. The riders who did risk going out were mostly those needing the experience: Petrucci had his first chance to get used to the Suter BMW the team are now running, having dropped their homebrew steel trellis frame with an Aprilia engine. David Salom, replacing Ivan Silva at Avintia BQR, got acquainted with a MotoGP CRT bike, though what he really needs is experience with the tires, and the damp conditions were far from amenable to understanding the tires. And Nicky Hayden got a chance to see just how well his damaged hand was holding up, putting in 5 laps to test his fractured right metacarpal.
The weather is expected to improve as the day goes on, and the riders will hope to get some time on a properly dry track during FP2.
AirAsia's Zulfahmi Khairuddin topped the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Misano, getting the best out of the damp and windy condiitions at the track. Khairuddin stayed just ahead of Miguel Oliveira, while Luis Salom was a quarter of a second off the Malaysian rider's pace. A brace of Germans followed, championship leader Sandro Cortese ending ahead of recent Aspar signing Jonas Folger, while Maverick Vinales took 6th.
Jorge Lorenzo ended the second and final day of the Aragon MotoGP test on top of the timesheets, getting well inside Casey Stoner's pole record from 2011, but still a quarter of a second slower than Dani Pedrosa's time from Tuesday. Pedrosa finished with the 2nd fastest time on Wednesday, ahead of LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl and the second factory Yamaha of Ben Spies. Jonathan Rea ended the day in 5th, but improved his time from Tuesday.
After recovering its breath from two back-to-back weekends of racing with a hop across the Atlantic in between, the MotoGP world is slowly getting back into the testing groove. The factory Honda and Yamaha teams are circulating at Aragon, joined by Stefan Bradl, while at Mugello, Ducati is once again holding auditions for the Ducati Junior team, with Andrea Iannone turning laps alongside Michele Pirro, currently riding the FTR Honda CRT bike for the San Carlo Gresini Honda team. Elsewhere, Danilo Petrucci is heading to Vairano in Italy to test the Suter BMW, ahead of a planned switch by the IODA Racing team from the IODA Aprilia to the BMW-powered Suter at Misano.
Cal Crutchlow has topped the timesheets at the post-race test at Brno, getting well inside his fastest lap from yesterday's race on an old tire. Crutchlow's Monster Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Andrea Dovizioso took 2nd spot, having worked on the corner speed that had been lacking during the race weekend. Jorge Lorenzo set the 3rd fastest time on his current machine, the Factory Yamaha rider also having tested a first prototype of the 2013 M1, comprised of a new chassis and a modified tank. Lorenzo had spent some of the time focusing on braking, an area he was losing out on during the race.
Dani Pedrosa was the first of the Hondas, ending the test in 4th spot, though less than a quarter of a second off the time of Crutchlow. The Repsol Honda man had mainly been working on setup, though he had also had a new silencer to test, fitted as a way of adding weight to the bike needed to hit the 160kg minimum bike weight for 2013. Stefan Bradl was first of the satellite Hondas, just edging Alvaro Bautista by a few thousandths of a second, ending ahead of the second Factory Yamaha of Ben Spies. Spies had left the test early in the afternoon, having little testing work on his plate due to the fact he is leaving the factory at the end of the season.
Cal Crutchlow is the fastest man of the test so far at Brno, taking over from his Tech 3 teammate at the top of the timesheet. Jorge Lorenzo is 3rd quickest, spending more time this afternoon on the 2012 bike rather than the 2013 prototype, while Loris Capirossi is already ahead of Colin Edwards on the Aprilia ART bike, even though Capirossi is only testing the bikes to check their behavior with the tires. So far, there have been no more crashes, though Cal Crutchlow was forced to abandon a non-functioning bike at the side of the track a short while ago.
Times at 4pm:
It's been a busy morning of testing so far at Brno, with plenty of action going on on track. Times are a little slower than yesterday's race times, despite the track conditions being slightly better, though the wind has picked up. Various bike swaps are going on, and several riders are being given tryouts, as well as MotoGP safety officer Loris Capirossi taking most of the bikes out for a spin to get a feel for the way the tires respond on the various bikes.
Andrea Dovizioso is the fastest man of the session so far, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man already quicker than he was during the race yesterday. Dovizioso's focus at the test was to be improving his corner speed, he said after yesterday's race, and his times suggest he has succeeded. Dani Pedrosa is testing parts on his current Honda, with a new bike due to be tested at Aragon next week. Jorge Lorenzo is testing both the 2012 bike and a completely new 2013 M1 to be used for next season. Both Pedrosa and Lorenzo are several tenths slower than yesterday.
Result and summary of the MotoGP race at Brno: