The Safety Commission, the body in which riders, Dorna, and the FIM meet to discuss issues of safety, have decided to revert to the track layout used during qualifying and the race in 2016. After numerous complaints from riders after practice on Friday, the new layout, which featured a much shorter chicane cutting across a different type of asphalt, has judged not to be suitable for use. The riders complained that the switch across different types of asphalt made the new chicane a worse choice than the 2016 track layout.
The sun was a welcome sight for the lightweight class, so much so it was honoured with some wheelies out of the pitlane. In a deja-vu from this morning, Romano Fenati and Joan Mir looked to be the headline acts in the first part of the session, before some more or less unusual names meddled.
Aron Canet was not very bothered about the track time missed in FP1, the Spaniard going up into third straight away, then missing some more time while the team fixed a cracked screen that found itself a bit too close to his helmet. A few cancelled laps didn’t cause trouble either, the Estrella Galicia rider topping the session after the checkered flag came out.
None of the usual Spanish sun mentions this morning as Barcelona was keen to remind us that other weather options are available. Rain falling before the start of proceedings meant that the lightweight class hit the track with wet tyres on, despite the high temperatures. With the familiar sunny forecast for the rest of the weekend, only half the riders were keen to have a long look at the new track layout in damp conditions.
Romano Fenati only did five laps but did not need more than two to steal the top of the timesheets once he joined in late in the session. Joan Mir was another of the party crashers, the championship leader going second, three tenths off Fenati. Marco Bezzecchi got as close as nine thousandths of a second of Mir.
Press releases from the teams after Sunday's fabulous Moto2 and Moto3 races at Mugello:
Marini secures top 6 finish with heroic effort
The race day at the much-anticipated Italian Grand Prix commenced today under a clouded sky, but in dry and warm conditions for the Forward Racing Team duo of Luca Marini and Lorenzo Baldassarri. In front of his numerous fans Marini showed an epic battle to end up in a brave sixth position, while Baldassarri was incredibly motivated to do well, but unfortunately his race was interrupted prematurely.
Moto3 standings after the Italian Grand Prix:
Results and summary of the Moto3 race in Mugello:
Imagine you find yourself at the start of a 40 minute session of track time, at one of the greatest racing circuits in the world, sat astride one of the most sophisticated racing motorcycles in the world, with the Tuscan sun beating down from clear skies, and the hillsides echoing to the roar of tens of thousands of delirious fans. What would you do?
If you're a Moto3 rider competing at the Italian Grand Prix, then the answer is simple: you sit in your pit box for five minutes, then pootle out into pit lane, spending all your time looking backwards. You are finally persuaded to head out of pit lane over the crest and down towards one of the most challenging corners of the season, so you potter around at a miserable 30 km/h, constantly looking behind you in the hope of finding a faster rider coming up behind you at speed. You repeat this for the full session, interspersed with the odd hot lap.
The situation got so bad that in one of the hospitality units after the day was over, one person came over to us and asked if the Moto3 qualifying session had been red-flagged. They had been working through the session, and had noticed that the track had gone completely quiet. But it was not red flags which stopped the action, it was the desperate search for exactly the right tow. The trouble is, when all 31 Moto3 riders are waiting for a tow, there is no one left to be giving them.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Mugello:
A clear blue sky and some fewer degrees were in store for Saturday morning, as the Moto3 class started the proceedings for qualifying day. The conditions meant that many riders took their time before improving on their Friday benchmarks.
Joan Mir’s position at the top of the standings was only challenged briefly by Jorge Martin but a healthy tow every now and again meant that he quickly recovered to top the session by little over a tenth. Nicolo Bulega appears to be a serious challenger this weekend, the Italian finishing the session second, with compatriot and FP1 leader Romano Fenati right in the mix in third.