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2016 Mugello Moto2 FP1 Result: Zarco Leads Corsi

The Moto2 class had the best of conditions during morning practice, the track drying as the session went on, lap times dropping to within a second of the lap record. Johann Zarco put his tough home GP behind him, topping the timesheets by over a tenth of a second with a late charge. Zarco had stiff competition from Simone Corsi, the Italian using the Speed up to good effect at a track the bike suits. Sam Lowes put the Gresini Kalex into third place, nearly six tenths slower than Zarco, while championship leader Alex Rins ended the session way down in twelfth.

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2016 Mugello Moto2 FP1 Result: Zarco Leads Corsi

The Moto2 class had the best of conditions during morning practice, the track drying as the session went on, lap times dropping to within a second of the lap record. Johann Zarco put his tough home GP behind him, topping the timesheets by over a tenth of a second with a late charge. Zarco had stiff competition from Simone Corsi, the Italian using the Speed up to good effect at a track the bike suits. Sam Lowes put the Gresini Kalex into third place, nearly six tenths slower than Zarco, while championship leader Alex Rins ended the session way down in twelfth.

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2016 Le Mans Moto2 & Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 & Moto3 teams after the races at Le Mans:


Mahindra preserves perfect points record in France

Le Mans, 08 May 2016:

Aspar Mahindra rider Pecco Bagnaia preserved Mahindra’s perfect 2016 points record in the French GP at Le Mans today, with a hard-fought 12th place, seven places higher than his qualifying position.

2016 Le Mans Sunday MotoGP Round Up: On Crashes at Le Mans, and a Wide-Open Championship

Three race at Le Mans, three winners, and all three displays of complete control. In the first race of the day, Brad Binder waited until the penultimate lap to seize the lead, and render his Moto3 opposition harmless. Alex Rins took the lead much earlier in the Moto2 race, toyed with Simone Corsi a little more obviously, before making it clear just how much he owned the race. And in MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo faced fierce competition at the start, but in the end he did just what Valentino Rossi had done two weeks ago at Jerez: led from start to finish, and won by a comfortable margin.

Lorenzo's victory was hardly unexpected. The Movistar Yamaha rider had been dominant all weekend, quick from the off, and peerless during qualifying. Everyone lined up on the grid knowing they had only one chance to beat him: try to get off the line better than the Spaniard, and enter the first chicane ahead of him. Lorenzo knew this too, and his start was picture perfect, no one close enough to launch an attack into the chicane. Andrea Dovizioso came close, but launching off the second row gave him too much ground to make up at the start, and he had to slot in behind Lorenzo and settle for second.

Lorenzo did not have it all his own way in the early laps. Both Andreas on the Factory Ducatis kept him honest for the first five laps, Dovizioso leading the charge at first, until Iannone took over. Iannone felt he had the pace to run with Lorenzo, perhaps even beat him, but that required the one thing he has not excelled at in 2016: staying upright. If the Le Mans race was meant to be an audition to be the rider Ducati will keep for next season, then it was a gambit that would fail. On lap 7, Iannone hit the deck, his race over.

2016 Le Mans Saturday Round Up: Pedrosa Again, Tires, & Qualifying Strategies

The report last night that Dani Pedrosa will replace Jorge Lorenzo in the Movistar Yamaha garage had a devastating effect on the paddock on Saturday. It provoked an almost universal panic among everyone peripheral to the decision. Maverick Viñales' manager Paco Sanchez – strictly speaking, the lawyer who is helping Viñales with his contract negotiations, as Viñales is managing himself – was interviewed by every television broadcaster in the MotoGP paddock, along with nearly every radio station and most journalists. Repsol Honda team principal Livio Suppo and Movistar Yamaha team director Maio Meregalli did pretty much the same, answering the same questions over and over. It was Silly Season at its most frenetic.

As an example, the Spanish sports daily – Spanish journalists are chasing this story hardest, as they have the most at stake – AS featured the following vignette on its website. Reporter Mela Chercoles walked past Albert Valera, manager of Jorge Lorenzo, Aleix Espargaro and others, and heard him berating Alex Salas, assistant to Maverick Viñales. "Tell me that Maverick won't let the Yamaha train get away from him," Chercoles reports Valera as saying. The sense of disbelief in the paddock is huge.

2016 Le Mans Moto2 & Moto3 Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Le Mans:


Brad Binder takes spot on front row for French GP

World Championship leader sets second fastest time in very close qualifying session, in which Bo Bendsneyder goes less than one second off pole in 21st.

05/07/2016 - Le Mans Circuit, France

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