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Lap Of Honor And Two Minutes Of Noise As Simoncelli Tribute At Valencia

Marco Simoncelli is to receive a fitting tribute at Valencia on Sunday. Paolo Simoncelli, Marco's father, had asked for a minute of "casino" (an Italian word that translates as chaos or noise) instead of a minute of silence, but Marco is to get all this and a little more.

2011 Valencia 125cc Qualifying Practice Result: Mixed Conditions Create Qualifying Surprises

Result and summary of qualifying for the 125cc class at Valencia:

Danny Webb has taken the first pole of his career, and the first ever pole for Mahindra, in a tense and thrilling qualifying battle in difficult conditions. A shower of rain before qualifying started made the track very treacherous, the surface changing as it dried out throughout the session.

2011 Valencia 125cc FP2 Result: Zarco Tops First Dry Session Of Weekend

The track at Valencia is dry (or almost dry) for the first time this weekend), and the difference it makes on the track is immediate. Lap times have tumbled, though the few damp patches still on the track are just enough of a nuisance to take a couple of seconds off the best time. Johann Zarco was the fastest man in the third session of free practice for the 125cc class, ending the session with a comfortable lead over RW Racing's Luis Salom. Salom was, in turn, just a fraction ahead of Efren Vazquez and Nico Terol, Terol finding his feet again after struggling in the wet on Friday.

2011 Valencia Moto2 And 125cc Friday Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the 125cc and Moto2 teams on Friday at Valencia, including an explanation from the Gresini team of the logon on the fairings on their Moto2 bikes:


Salom stays upright in the rain

On the slippery Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia many 125cc riders crashed out in the free practice sessions. Luis Salom was determined not to appear on the list of crashers this time. The Spanish rider for RW Racing GP kept his promise to himself and the team and set a respectable fifth fastest time.

2011 Valencia 125cc FP2 Result: Cortese Leads Stafford In The Wet

Sandro Cortese has topped a very wet second session of free practice for the 125cc class at Valencia, the only rider to lap under the 2 minute mark in the rain. Harry Stafford was an impressive second, nine tenths behind Cortese, and a few hundredths ahead of Johann Zarco. Championship leader Nico Terol was once again very cautious, ending the session in 12th and over two seconds behind Cortese. With rain forecast for Sunday, Terol will have to go one better and finish in 11th if he is to wrap up the 2011 125cc Championship.

Results:

2011 Valencia 125cc FP1 Result: Cortese Leads Damp Session

Sandro Cortese led the way on the first session of free practice for the 125cc class, holding off Johann Zarco by the narrowest of margins on a damp and extremely treacherous track. Adrian Martin set the 3rd fastest time, ahead of Efren Vazquez and Marcel Schrotter, while championship leader Nico Terol put in a cautious 10th fastest time, a wise consideration given the number of crashes that happened during the session.

Results:

2011 Sepang 125cc Race Result: Thrilling Race Decided On Final Lap

Results and summary of the 125cc race at Sepang:

Maverick Vinales has won a tense and draining battle at Sepang to take victory ahead of Sandro Cortese and Johann Zarco. Zarco's podium, finishing ahead of Nico Terol, means the championship fight will go down to the wire, with Terol leading by 20 points.

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