Mugello, Italy

2014 Moto3 Championship Standings After Round 6, Mugello, Italy

Championship standings for round 6, 2014

2014 Mugello Moto2 Race Results: Tyre Choice The Key

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2014 Mugello Moto3 Race Results: High Drama And High Consequence

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2014 Mugello Moto2 WUP Results: Pole Time Beaten By Folger

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2014 Mugello Moto3 WUP Results: Miller Sets Morning Marker

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2014 Mugello Saturday Round Up: Signs Of Marquez' Weakness, The Importance Of Equipment, And The Rocketship Ducati

Knowing that not everyone is in a position to watch qualifying and races when they are live, we try to operate a no-spoilers policy for at least a few hours after the event. No results in headlines, nor on the MotoMatters Twitter feed. But as the mighty motorcycle racing Twitter personality SofaRacer put it today, ' I know you don't like to Tweet spoilers David. But 'Márquez on pole' and 'Márquez wins' technically, erm, aren't.' To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Marc Marquez took his sixth pole of the season, and his seventh pole in a row on Sunday. Marquez remains invincible, even at what he regards as his worst track of the year.

His advantage is rather modest, though. With just 0.180 seconds over the man in second place – the surprising Andrea Iannone – it is Marquez' smallest advantage of the season, if we discount Qatar, where he was basically riding with a broken leg. You get the sense that Marquez is holding something back, almost being cautious, after being bitten several times by the track last year, including a massive crash in free practice and then sliding out of the race. It makes him almost vulnerable for the first time. His race pace is still fast, but he has others – Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, even the Ducatis of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso – all on roughly the same pace.

2014 Mugello Moto2 QP Results: Crucial Pole In Close-Packed Qualifying

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Nicky Hayden Out For Mugello, To Have Surgery On Wrist On Tuesday

As expected, Nicky Hayden has withdrawn from the Mugello round of MotoGP. His right wrist, which is still swollen and inflamed, is causing him too much pain to be able to ride safely. Hayden is scheduled to have surgery on the wrist on Tuesday in Italy.

The problems with Hayden's wrist started in Valencia in 2011, in the first corner crash at the last race of that season. He broke the scaphoid bone in his hand, and had surgery to pin the bone together. Another crash at Austin aggravated the injury, and since then, the wrist has occasionally flared up and caused him problems. Hayden had surgery last December to remove the screw holding the scaphoid together and have a bone graft, but at Jerez the wrist started causing problems again, with no real cause. 'I didn't crash, I didn't really have a big moment or anything. It just suddenly started hurting real bad in the middle of the night,' Hayden said. Another crash at Le Mans didn't help the situation, and at Mugello, he hasn't really been able to ride, doing just eleven laps in total on Friday.

2014 Mugello Moto3 QP Results: Record-Breaking Pole Taken

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2014 Mugello Moto2 FP3 Results: Storming Rabat Rolls On

World Championship leader Tito Rabat has continued to set the pace at Mugello as he headed the field in the third Moto3 Free Practice session. The Marc VDS rider bettered his quickest Friday lap to set a time of 1:52.694, enough to leave him two tenths clear of now regular front runner Jonas Folger and fellow German youngster Sandro Cortese. Thomas Luthi ended with the fourth fastest time and was a further two tenths behind, while Aspar's Jordi Torres completed the top five. 

Moto2 rookie Maverick Vinales recovered from a rather embarrassing, wobbly low speed crash at turn one to post the sixth quickest lap and out-do his team mate Luis Salom. Championship challenger Mika Kallio was eighth while Tech 3's Marcel Schrotter and local journeyman Alex DeAngelis rounded out the top ten. 

2014 Mugello MotoGP FP3 Results: Impressive Pedrosa Takes Over

After a somewhat under whelming Friday performance Dani Pedrosa responded in the best possible fashion to post the quickest lap time for MotoGP FP3 at Mugello. Under glorious, sun-drenched conditions the Repsol Honda rider's time of 1:47.754 was only one tenth shy of the race lap record set by Marquez last year and put him two tenths clear of his team mate at the conclusion of the morning's session. Andrea Dovizioso got the maximum from his super soft tyres to finish in third ahead of the Yamaha pairing of Jorge Lorenzo and Bradley Smith. Smith put in a fantastic last ditch lap to vault into the top five after lagging outside the top ten for much of the session.

Valentino Rossi had to settle for the sixth quickest lap time but displayed strong and consistent race pace, he was ahead of Cal Crutchlow, Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl. Bradl had a high-speed crash with two minutes remaining but managed to walk away unharmed. Andrea Iannone completed the top ten and was the last of the automatic participants in this afternoon's QP2 session. Aleix Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista ended in eleventh and twelfth places respectively and will have to vie for a place in Q2 in the precursory session.

2014 Mugello Moto3 FP3 Results: Times Tumble As Marquez Means Business

Alex Marquez has taken advantage of the much welcomed Saturday morning sunshine to pick up where he left off on Friday and top the timesheets for Moto3's third Free Practice session at Mugello. Marquez' blistering time was over a second quicker than he could manage yesterday and signified the improvement in grip that the warm morning conditions had allowed. Efren Vazquez wasn't far behind at all, the fellow Spaniard finished a mere one hundredth of a second behind Marquez and over half a second clear of Brad Binder in third.

Jack Miller had to settle for the fourth fastest time and cut a visibly frustrated figure throughout, the Championship leader struggled to deal with scheming slip streamers and his inability to stay calm likely cost him outright speed in the end. Isaac Vinales rounded out the top five ahead of Mahindra's Miguel Oliveira and RTG Honda rider John McPhee while Alex Rins, Niklas Ajo and Jakub Kornfeil completed the top ten.

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