Archive - Race Or Practice Result
June 5th, 2010
Jorge Lorenzo was fastest in this morning's free practice session, after an eventful and action-packed session. The Spaniard dominated the second half of the session, eventually putting in a scorching lap three quarters of a second under Casey Stoner's fastest race lap from 2008. Lorenzo finished the session ahead of a pair of Repsol Hondas, Andrea Dovizioso edging out his teammate Dani Pedrosa.
But the big news was in 4th place: Valentino Rossi had started the session fast, and was posting impressive times before suffering a huge highside crash at the Biondetti chicane. The Italian was left clutching his ankle, and was taken to the Clinica Mobile with a suspected fractured right tibia (see separate news story). As 11:30 am local time, there is no news on whether he will be fit to race on Sunday.
The setting may have been idyllic, but this morning's free practice session for the 125cc class turned into a hot-blooded affair, with four men battling for supremacy. Tuenti Derbi's Pol Espargaro ended up on top, but by the smallest of margins, edging out Bancaja Aspar's Nico Terol and Red Bull Ajo's Marc Marquez. Bradley Smith finished the session in 4th, just under half a second behind Espargaro.
Alex de Angelis took a determined lead in the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class, the RSM Team Scot rider dominating for much of the session, leading by over a second for a large part of practice. De Angelis made good use of the new Ohlins suspension fitted to his GP210, as well as a thinner fairing, improving the aerodynamics and saving a total of 5 kg on the total bike weight.
Where the differences at other tracks have been minimal, the gaps are much bigger here at Mugello. Sergio Gadea finished the session in 2nd, over two tenths behind De Angelis, with Mapfre Aspar's Julian Simon a few hundredths behind Gadea. Andrea Iannone rounded out the provisional front row, nearly half a second behind De Angelis.
That pattern is repeated all the way through the field, with a second covering just the top 10, rather than the top 25, as it did at Le Mans. Mugello's greater length, faster front straight and difficult changes of direction are making finding the right setup on the brand new Moto2 bikes much more difficult. At Mugello, the strengths of the different chassis are really starting to make a difference.
After spending Thursday complaining to the press at just how weak his shoulder is, Valentino Rossi came out swinging in FP1, dominating the session almost from start to finish. The Fiat Yamaha rider ended the day with a time of 1'49.751, over a quarter of a second under Casey Stoner's race record lap, set in 2008. Whether the complaints about his shoulder are genuine, or just sandbagging to keep his opponents off-guard, is hard to say until race day, when Rossi will have to do 23 laps of the Tuscan circuit, rather than just three or four in one go.
Rossi's main competition came, as ever, from his teammate Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo came close to Rossi's times several times during the session, but never matched them, ending practice nearly four tenths behind the Italian. The man behind Lorenzo was a surprise, Loris Capirossi taking the Rizla Suzuki to a stunning 3rd place. Capirossi was clearly inspired at being back in Italy, pushing hard throughout the day. A little too hard, as it turned out, as the Italian crashed in the final minutes of practice, losing the front on the way into San Donato.
The first practice session of the day, run under sunny skies and in balmy conditions, kicked up most of the usual names at the top of the timesheets. As ever, it was Tuenti Derbi's Pol Espargaro who ended the day fastest, though he had to work for it, Bancaja Aspar's Nico Terol pushing his fellow Spaniard hard for the result. The two men finished just under six hundredths of a second apart.
The difference between 1st and 2nd underscored just how big the gaps are in the rest of the field. Bradley Smith finished practice in 3rd, over six tenths behind Espargaro, while Efren Vazquez was another two tenths behind Smith. Stipa Molenaar's Randy Krummenacher built on his strong start to the season by finishing in 5th, on exactly the same time as Vazquez. Marc Marquez in 6th was the last man inside a second of Espargaro, while Jonas Folger was the last of the riders less than two seconds behind Espargaro, in 10th place.
Results and summary of the World Superbike race 2 at Miller Motorsports Park:
Results and summary of the World Supersport race at Miller Motorsports Park:
Results and summary of World Superbike Race 1 at Miller Motorsports Park:
Results and summary of Superpole, as it happens:
Ducati took maximum advantage of a 3 kg (6.6lb) weight reduction to dominate free practice and the first qualifying session under a partly cloudy Utah sky at Miller Motorsports Park today. Prior to the beginning of practice, rain showers were spotted over the Stansbury Mountains, which form the western edge of the Tooele Valley, and raindrops were felt on pit lane. The threatening skies never turned into anything serious, however, and the session quickly turned into the battle of the twins with with Jakob Smrz, Carlos Checa, Shakey Byrne, Luca Scassa, Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio all near the top at various stages. Xerox Ducati's Fabrizio pulled out a last-gasp 1'49.756 after the checkered flag flew to end the session to top Athea teammates Checa and Byrne. Series runner-up Max Biaggi took advantage of the prodigious power of the Aprilia RSV4 to claw his way into 4th position.