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2013 Mugello MotoGP FP3 Result: Lorenzo Holds Fast; Marquez Crashes (Again)

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo declined to show weakness in the third practice session at Mugello with a hot lap of 1’47.972. The current world champ was the only rider to dip into the 1’47s at the Italian circuit. Current points leader Dani Pedrosa greatly improved his prospects with a lap only two-tenths shy of his rival. And surprise fast man, Stefan Bradl, jumped into the third slot on his final lap of the session.

Bradl’s fast lap not only dropped Valentino Rossi into fourth it also improved the overall mood among the Honda teams which appeared to struggle in earlier sessions.

2013 Mugello MotoGP Friday Round Up: Examining Marquez' Crash, And Yamaha's Fears Of Honda Improvement

There are a lot of things that make Mugello special. Its location, in the heart of Tuscany, a sumptuously beautiful part of the world; its layout, fast, flowing, winding naturally up and round the valley it is set in. The wide open nature of the track, all third and fourth gear combinations which require the perfect combination of intelligence, talent and sheer courage that make it close to the perfect test of skill. It is fast, it is flowing, and it is undulating.

2013 Mugello MotoGP Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello:


Crutchlow makes fast start at magnificent Mugello

British rider Cal Crutchlow played a starring role on an opening day of practice for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM that was dominated by Yamaha at the fast and technical Mugello track.

2013 Mugello MotoGP FP2 Result: Lorenzo Edges Rossi As Marquez Suffers Big Crash

The factory Yamaha riders have redeemed themselves after a difficult morning at Mugello, taking a one-two in the afternoon session of practice for the MotoGP session. Valentino Rossi looked back to his old form, leading for nearly all of the session, before Jorge Lorenzo challenged him for top position at the end. Lorenzo just ended the session ahead of his teammate, just a few thousandths of a second faster than Rossi. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow took 3rd, making it a clean sweep for the Yamahas.

2013 Mugello MotoGP FP1 Result: Drying Track Sees Marquez Fastest, Surprises In Top 10

Marc Marquez has topped the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class, but a drying track threw up some real surprise, and may potentially cause havoc for qualifying. The first half of practice took place on a track which was still drying, but had a lot of water around it. But with 10 minutes to go, the track started drying enough to take a shot on slick tires. Yonny Hernandez was the first rider to risk slicks, and his gamble paid off, the PBM rider heading up the leaderboard for a while on his Aprilia CRT machine.

2013 Mugello Thursday Round Up: Rossi's Challenge, Crutchlow's Ultimatum, And Sport As Soap Opera

Mugello is a spectacular setting. Even when it absolutely pours down, so badly that a river starts running through the Mugello paddock, the setting remains spectacular. It makes navigating the paddock without a life vest fairly treacherous, but at least the view is stunning. The rain looks set to stay for the duration, though the forecast appears to be improving day by day, but the riders need not fear a lack of wet track time.

MotoGP's Claiming Rule To Be Dropped From 2014

MotoGP's Claiming Rule is set to be consigned to the history books. At the next meeting of the Grand Prix Commission at Barcelona, a proposal will be put forward to abandon the claiming rule altogether. With the advent of the new distinction, between MSMA entries and non-MSMA entries, the need to claim an engine ceased to exist. The demise of the claiming rule opens the way towards the leasing of Yamaha engines to private teams without fear of those engines being claimed by other factories.

2013 Mugello MotoGP Preview: Of Yamaha's Travails, Rossi's Hopes, Ducati's Dreams And Honda's Domination

Mugello is arguably MotoGP's crowning glory. The location is stunning, in the verdant hills of Tuscany, a few miles north of Florence, one of the most beautiful ancient cities in the world. The track itself is gorgeous, and beautifully laid out, rolling round the valley in which the circuit is set. It is one of the few tracks left at which a MotoGP bike can fully stretch its legs, even a 260+ horsepower fire-breathing 1000cc Honda RC213V.

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