Archive - Race Or Practice Result
June 12th, 2015
Johann Zarco was the fastest of the Moto2 riders on Friday morning at Barcelona, the championship leader setting the pace from the very beginning of the session. Sam Lowes translated a successful test into speed during FP1, the Speed Up rider taking 2nd spot a quarter of a second behind Zarco. It was only by the very narrowest of margins, however: Lowes was just one thousandth of a second faster than Jonas Folger in third, while Tito Rabat ended the session in 4th, a further six thousandths behind Folger.
Marc Marquez has topped the first session of free practice in Barcelona, upping the pace at the end of the session as the track started to improve. Marquez deposed his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, the Spaniard having found the same burst of pace as Marquez late in FP1. The speed of the two Hondas meant Aleix Espargaro was bumped into third, the Suzuki man showing impressive pace throughout the session, and improved top speeds. Both Espargaro and Suzuki teammate Maverick Viñales were quick, Viñales ending the session in 5th, behind Jorge Lorenzo.
Yonny Hernandez was 6th fastest in FP1, the Pramac man fastest of the Ducatis, with an excellent fast lap by Nicky Hayden on the Open class Aspar Honda shooting up to 7th, just eight tenths behind Marquez. Valentino Rossi ended FP1 in 8th, the championship leader over a second off the time of Marquez, and ahead of the factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso. Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top 10.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 team has got the weekend off to a strong start, with Jorge Navarro leading the first session of practice for the Moto3 class at Barcelona. The track was cold and dirty after the overnight rain, with times dropping only at the end of the session, and Navarro emerging as quickest. Championship leader Danny Kent set the 2nd fastest time, with Efren Vazquez in 3rd. Romano Fenati suffered a technical issue in the last few minutes of the session, and was forced to park his bike up around the back of the circuit.
The majority of the World Superbike field stayed on at Portimao for an official one-day test at the Portuguese circuit, taking advantage of the limited testing opportunities the WSBK riders have this year. Ducati's Davide Giugliano leaves the test as quickest, putting in a very quick lap at the very end of testing to finish three tenths ahead of yesterday's double race winner Jonathan Rea. Rea kept just ahead of his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes, while Leon Haslam set the fourth quickest time on the Aprilia.
The Suzuki team made good use of much-needed test time to work on setting up the electronics. Improvements were clearly visible: Alex Lowes ended the day 5th quickest, but more importantly, was around a second faster than during the races yesterday. Teammate Randy De Puniet set the 14th best time, but was also three quarters of a second quicker than he was on Sunday.
The first race of the second half of the season, number fourteen of twenty-six, would not suffer from the bad weather that caused drama in the opening race.
Both men having won here before, and the weather having dried up, the battle between Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu would continue unabated for 18 laps at the Algarve Circuit. Sofuoglu would be hunting a record-breaking fifth win in a row, while Cluzel would just be looking to get his title challenge back on track.
Clouds loomed near a windy Algarve circuit as the riders prepared to start the first of their two 20 lap races. Rain wasn't forecast, but that's never stopped it before.
World Supersport qualifying was marred by a red flag as oil was dumped on the racing line halfway through, but it didn't stop the qualifying from coming down to the usual suspects.
Superpole took place in clear, warm 31ºC weather in Portugal.
In the untimed session before Superpole, Leon Haslam recorded the quickest time of the weekend with both him and Tom Sykes beating Jonathan Rea's provisional pole time from earlier.
Jules Cluzel leads Kenan Sofuoglu while PJ Jacobsen settles in on the Honda, outqualifying Kyle Smith and Gino Rea on similar machinery.
In the final timed session, Jonathan Rea only just kept Davide Giugliano from the top spot, with his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes also under a twentieth second off the quickest time. The Ducatis of Giugliano and Chaz Davies, sixth quickest behind the Aprilias of Jordi Torres and Leon Haslam, were the fastest bikes through the speed trap, regularly posting speeds of 308km/h.
Everyone but Alex Lowes was able to improve on their times from yesterday, and once again the only bikes not in Superpole are the Toth BMWs.
In a session dominated by the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, Davide Giugliano set the quickest time on his fifteenth of sixteen laps in the dying monutes of the session. Chaz Davies on the other factory Ducati was fourth quickest, with Ayrton Badovini and Alex Lowes maintaining their competetive qualifying pace.
Kenan Sofuoglu sets the quickest time, ahead of PJ Jacobsen on only his second outing on the Honda with Jules Cluzel, Gino Rea and Roberto Rolfo within a second of Sofuoglu's time.
Jonathan Rea was over seven tenths quicker than Davide Giugliano, Alex Lowes and Chaz Davies, recording the only lap under 1'44. Rea's teammate Tom Sykes was over a second back in fifth place.