2017 Mugello MotoGP FP4 Result: Zarco Leads Rossi

While the fans were heating up like a piece of toast, from both the temperatures and seeing Valentino Rossi on top, the riders were trying on some interesting tyre combinations – from Zarco on his beloved soft front to Marquez, unusually, on the medium and Pedrosa, Rossi and Vinales on the hard.

With all the focus on race pace, it was Rossi who stayed on top up until the very last minute when Zarco blasted past to grab the limelight. Just as the Frenchman took over his lead, Rossi crashed out harmlessly in turn twelve.

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Triumph Announced As Official Moto2 Engine Supplier For 2019 Onwards

As had been trailed since the start of this year, Triumph have finally been announced as the official engine supplier to the Moto2 class from 2019 onwards. The deal with Dorna will see Triumph supply a specially modified version of the 765cc triple which powers their new Street Triple range of production bikes.

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2017 Mugello MotoGP FP3 Result: Rossi Turns The Volume Up

In the cooler conditions, Aleix Espargaro only needed five laps to improve on Dovizioso’s best time from Friday, the Spaniard showing off Aprilia’s new engine on top of the timesheets for most of the session. But the last ten minutes were reserved, as usual, for a final try at top ten glory, which meant the end of Aleix’s reign.

Valentino Rossi was the first to mount a challenge but coming in two hundredths of a second short. The Italian veteran had another go after putting in a brand new rear for the final three minutes - this time the mission was successful, Rossi taking the lead by over three tenths of a second.

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2017 Mugello Moto3 FP3 Result: Mir Leads The Usual Contenders

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.

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2017 Mugello MotoGP Friday Round Up: Unexpected Injuries, Crashes Galore, And The Tire Controversy Lives

Riders never really know how badly injured they are until they get on a MotoGP bike and try to ride. That was what happened to Valentino Rossi at Mugello on Friday. He had expected to have a lot of pain breathing from the exertion of hustling a MotoGP machine around Mugello. "This track, Mugello, with a MotoGP bike, with this temperature is already very difficult physically even if you are at 100%," Rossi said.

It turned out that it wasn't the pain from the chest and abdominal injuries which were giving him the most problems in the morning. "This morning, I had a problem with my arm, especially in acceleration. When I open the throttle and I had to hold onto the handlebar with all my strength, I had a lot, a lot of pain," he said.

When you open the throttle on a MotoGP bike, though you push yourself forward on the balls of your feet as hard as you can, you still need to hang on to the handlebars with every ounce of your strength. The battering Rossi's body took in the motocross crash just over a week ago took its toll, and made him suffer. "Sincerely, I didn't expect this, maybe I expected something else."

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2017 Mugello Moto2 FP2 Result: Marquez And Nakagami Hold Off The Italian Brigade

Overcoming injury seemed to be the theme of the day in the intermediate class, with the leader as the first example. Alex Marquez must have felt at home in the sunbathing weather of Mugello, the Spaniard fast right out the box and bettering his teammate’s FP1 time on his first few laps. If his foot injury affected him in any way, it didn’t show, the Marc VDS rider posting a fast lap only three tenths slower than last year’s pole time.

It looked like his rivals were waiting until the final minutes to go all out but very few managed to improve significantly on their early laps. Takaaki Nakagami and Simone Corsi went two better than this morning to grab second and third positions, the latter almost four tenths down on Marquez.

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2017 Mugello MotoGP FP2 Result: Crutchlow Crashes The Italian Party

While the sizeable audience was melting in a baking twenty-seven degrees, the riders were out to get crucial data for a race that appears set to be run in similar conditions. The final minutes of the session saw part of the grid trying on soft shoes to go for a fast run and ensure a Q2 place, which resulted in a pretty mixed grid.

Andrea Dovizioso looked set to get another session in the bag until the final three minutes when Cal Crutchlow showed up out of nowhere to steal the spotlight and post a time only just inside Dovizioso’s FP1 time.

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2017 Mugello Moto3 FP2 Result: Di Giannantonio Leads Italian Top Three

It was a good tanning session for the teams as the hot weather welcomed the riders for afternoon practice. However, the high temperatures did not stop them from chasing a fast lap and improving on the FP1 benchmark even before the qualifying dummy run that ended the session.

Fabio Di Giannantonio showed up late to the party but when he did, he went straight into top position to be the first rider into the 1:57s. Several other followed his lead but the Italian went on to take top honours in the session.

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2017 Misano World Superbike Test Press Releases

Press releases from the WorldSBK teams who tested at Misano on Thursday:


Strong KRT Test Session In Hot Conditions

Soon after the most recent WorldSBK round at Donington Park last weekend Kawasaki Racing Team duo Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea were on track again testing with the Ninja ZX-10RR at the Misano World Circuit in Italy, on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

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2017 Mugello Moto2 FP1 Result: Morbidelli Makes It A Hat-Trick For Italy

A glimpse of sun and some dry tarmac were a pleasant change from the weekend the intermediate class enjoyed the last time around, although the timesheets don’t look particularly different. After Italian riders led the Moto3 and MotoGP FP1 sessions, yet another one was top of the timesheets in Moto2 – that one being, quite predictably, Franco Morbidelli.

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2017 Mugello MotoGP FP1 Result: Home Sweet Home Indeed For Ducati

The sun was smiling even more than usual over Mugello as the MotoGP class hit the track for their first official outing on Italian soil this season. And it was the Italians who proved to be most eager to get up to speed, with Andrea Dovizioso stealing the thunder from Maverick Viñales in the final five minutes of the session, after the Spaniard had led for most of it. The Ducati rider put in the soft rear tyre to ride under the circuit record.

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2017 Mugello Moto3 FP1 Result: A First Home Win For Fenati

Some good weather was due for the lightweight class and the lightly clouded sky with twenty degrees air temperature showed off the Italian track in all its glory. And the local boys made it proud in the first practice session, Romano Fenati making a late jump to the top of the timesheets, with a time a little over a second off his own pole time from last year.

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2017 Mugello MotoGP Thursday Round Up: Rossi Draws A Crowd, And Tires Cause A Storm

The measure of a rider's importance is the number of journalists which turn up at their media debriefs, held every day over the course of a MotoGP weekend. There is more than one to define importance, of course. Factory riders garner more media attention than satellite riders. Riders battling for the championship draw bigger crowds than riders at the tail end of the title chase. And sometimes, an incident can create a lot more interest in a rider than they usually draw.

All of these factors came together on Thursday afternoon to draw a huge pack of journalists, photographers, and TV crews into the Movistar Yamaha hospitality unit. They came to hear, and more importantly, see Valentino Rossi speak publicly for the first time since he was hospitalized by a motocross crash a week ago today. The sport's biggest star, battling for the championship, risking serious injury while training. No wonder the place was heaving.

 

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