Results of qualifying for the Moto2 class:
Results and summary of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at Estoril:
Jorge Lorenzo has taken his fourth straight pole at Estoril, after quietly chipping away at the times to come out on top. All eyes had been on Marco Simoncelli early on, the San Carlo Gresini rider dominating the first part of practice, but Lorenzo edged Simoncelli with less than 5 minutes to go. The Italian looked like taking back pole again, but he crashed out while on a very fast lap.
Results of qualifying for the 125cc class:
Nico Terol has secured his second pole position of the season at Estoril, continuing his dominance in the 125cc class. The Bankia Aspar rider once again has a huge margin over his rivals, led by Racing Team Germany's Sandro Cortese, while local hero Miguel Oliveira is just behind Cortese. Hector Faubel rounds out the front row of the 125cc grid for tomorrow's race.
Thomas Luthi was the fastest man in the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class, the Moto2 riders getting the best track conditions of the day so far. The track was still damp, though, allowing Kenan Sofuoglu to avoid the chatter that has plagued the Technomag CIP rider so far this season, Sofuoglu topping the timesheets for much of the session, before falling to 2nd towards the end. Catalunya Caixa's Marc Marquez ended the session in 3rd, ahead of Gresini's Michele Pirro, and IODA Racing's Simone Corsi.
Loris Capirossi has topped the third session of free practice at the Estoril circuit, and the fact that the man who has so far struggled to tame the Pramac Ducati was the fastest in the session was a sign of how mixed the conditions were. The track slowly dried out throughout the course or practice, but large sections remained slick, with damp patches throughout. Most of the riders chose to remain in the pits for much of the session, with only a few circulating on track.
Nico Terol was once again fastest 125 man on the track at Estoril on Saturday morning, despite the weather having taken a turn for the worse. The rain meant the competition was closer, however, with Danny Kent posting an excellent 2nd fastest time, ahead of Hector Faubel and Efren Vazquez.
The weather is projected to be unpredictable, with rain likely to fall at various intervals throughout the day.
"It's like kindergarten." That was how one journalist described the spate of complaints, insults and snide comments that filled the rider debriefs after the first day of free practice at Estoril. Casey Stoner accused Valentino Rossi of following him, then went on to talk again about Rossi's mistake at Jerez; Rossi launched a diatribe against Stoner, accusing him of saying a lot of things which were untrue about his move to Ducati; and then Jorge Lorenzo joined in the fun by attacking Marco Simoncelli, complaining that the Italian was a liability and a danger to others.
Apparently there were some bikes on track too, but in the interests of getting the fluff out of the way first, we'll walk through another day of WWE-style trash talk and petty bickering.
The press releases put out by the MotoGP after practice on Friday at Estoril:
Edwards and Crutchlow return in style at Estoril
Press releases from the Moto2 and 125 teams after the first two sessions of free practice on Friday:
Luis Salom (9th) in the top 10 despite injured hand
The aftermath of the crash between Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner at Jerez continues to rumble on. After Stoner accused the marshals of favoritism, not doing enough to help him rejoin the race, but assisting Rossi, Race Direction announced that they would be reviewing the evidence and holding a hearing at Estoril.
That meeting and review was held today, and afterwards Race Direction issued a statement on the incident. As expected, they found that the handling of the incident had been "safe and appropriate", and that no further action would be taken against the marshals, only recommending that the Grand Prix Commission study the situation further.