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2016 Mugello MotoGP FP3 Result: Iannone Imposes in Mad Dash for Q2

Andrea Iannone has topped the timesheets in the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class, once again posting an impressive lap to become the first rider to get into the 1'46s. The last ten minutes of practice turned hectic, as the riders embarked on the shootout to get straight into Q2. The lead swapped hands several times, Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo battling for supremacy, with the Repsol Honda rider getting the upper hand at first, before Andrea Iannone took control.

2016 Mugello Moto3 FP3 Result: Antonelli Leads Tight Field

Niccolo Antonelli has topped the final session of free practice for the Moto3 at Mugello, the weather returning to typically Tuscan sun and warmth. The Italian put in a late push to take top spot from Gabri Rodrigo, who had himself taken first just a few moments earlier. Romano Fenati ended the session in third, ahead of Juanfran Guevara and Pecco Bagnaia.

2016 Mugello MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Intermediates, Seizing Opportunities, and Permanent Pain

"This morning was not Mugello weather," joked Pramac Ducati team manager Francesco Guidotti when we went to speak to him on Friday evening. It was cold, wet, and overcast, with a track still damp from the overnight rain. The Tuscan sun stayed hidden behind the clouds, lending no hand in burning off any water on the track. It was that horrible half-and-half weather that teams and riders fear so much, a completely lost session in terms of preparing for the race.

It was also precisely the kind of conditions that had prompted the return of intermediate tires. Fearing empty tracks – and consequently, dead TV time – Dorna had asked Michelin to produce tires that might tempt riders out on track, give TV viewers something to watch, and TV commentators something to talk about.

It didn't really work. At the start of MotoGP FP1, a group of riders went out on the hard wet tires, switching to intermediates as the track started to dry out a little. But it was still only about half the field, the rest preferring to remain safely ensconced in the pits, only venturing out at the end of the session to do a test start or two. Why, fans and journalists alike asked, did the riders not make use of the tools they had been given?

2016 Mugello Moto2 FP2 Result: Zarco Edges Cortese

Johann Zarco has made a strong start to the Italian Grand Prix, topping both sessions of free practice for the Moto2 class. The Frenchman was strong throughout the FP2 session, taking top spot on a fast final push. Sandro Cortese, freshly back from injury, had a good afternoon, ending the day just five hundredths behind Zarco. Taka Nakagami chased Cortese closely, sixteen thousandths slower than the German, and illustrative of just how close the Moto2 field is. Axel Pons is just a fraction over half a second slower than Johann Zarco, but is only fourteenth.

2016 Mugello MotoGP FP2 Result: Iannone Takes Command

Andrea Iannone has laid down a real marker in the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class. With the first session a washout, FP2 turned into a battle for Q2, with rider after riding punching in fast laps at the end. The top was very close until the last minute or so, with the top five separate by just five hundredths of a second at one point. As the clock ticked down, Jorge Lorenzo took an early lead, before having his time obliterated by Iannone.

2016 Mugello Moto3 FP2 Result: Ono Leads Bagnaia

Hiroki Ono took top spot in the first fully dry session of the day at Mugello, topping the timesheets of Moto3 FP2. The Honda Team Asia rider was over a quarter of a second faster than Pecco Bagnaia on the Mahindra, and four tenths quicker than the surprisingly strong rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio. Championship leader Brad Binder ended the day in fourth, just ahead of Jorge Navarro and Romano Fenati.

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2016 Mugello Moto2 FP1 Result: Zarco Leads Corsi

The Moto2 class had the best of conditions during morning practice, the track drying as the session went on, lap times dropping to within a second of the lap record. Johann Zarco put his tough home GP behind him, topping the timesheets by over a tenth of a second with a late charge. Zarco had stiff competition from Simone Corsi, the Italian using the Speed up to good effect at a track the bike suits. Sam Lowes put the Gresini Kalex into third place, nearly six tenths slower than Zarco, while championship leader Alex Rins ended the session way down in twelfth.

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2016 Mugello Moto2 FP1 Result: Zarco Leads Corsi

The Moto2 class had the best of conditions during morning practice, the track drying as the session went on, lap times dropping to within a second of the lap record. Johann Zarco put his tough home GP behind him, topping the timesheets by over a tenth of a second with a late charge. Zarco had stiff competition from Simone Corsi, the Italian using the Speed up to good effect at a track the bike suits. Sam Lowes put the Gresini Kalex into third place, nearly six tenths slower than Zarco, while championship leader Alex Rins ended the session way down in twelfth.

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2016 Mugello MotoGP FP1 Result: Hernandez Leads Damp Session

A damp track meant that the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class was pretty much wasted, Yonny Hernandez' fastest time being over seven seconds slower than the lap record. With the weather set to be dry for the rest of the weekend, nearly half the field did not even bother to go out.

2016 Mugello Moto3 FP1 Result: Pawi Fastest On Damp Track

Khairul Idham Pawi topped a damp first session of practice at Mugello, the Malaysian youngster leading the Moto3 field in tricky conditions. Teammate Hiroki Ono took second spot, just under a hundredth of a second slower than Pawi, while Pecco Bagnaia and Karel Hanika were third and fourth on the Mahindras.

The times were fairly meaningless, though, over 12 seconds off the lap record, on a track that had been soaked by overnight rain. It is cold and overcast as well, which is not helping to dry the track. Better weather is on its way, but it won't be here for a few hours.

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