2012 Mugello Moto3 FP3 Result: Vinales Sweeps Free Practice

Maverick Vinales has completed a clean sweep of free practice for the Moto3 class at Mugello, topping the timesheets during Saturday morning's final FP3 session once again. Vinales led from Danny Kent, the Red Bull KTM rider having a very strong weekend so far, once again 2nd and just over a tenth behind the Spaniard. Italian Niccolo Antonelli took 3rd, though the San Carlo Gresini rider was half a second slower than Vinales, while Sandro Cortese took 4th, ahead of Jakub Korneil and Louis Rossi.

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2012 Mugello MotoGP Friday Round Up: Lorenzo's Speed, Stoner's Attitude, And Bridgestone's Tires

"I don't really want to look at the timesheet," Cal Crutchlow said at the end of the first day of practice at Mugello, "because Lorenzo's run was an absolute joke." Crutchlow is well-known for his colorful language - in every sense of that phrase - and his words are easy to misinterpret. But a glance at the consistency of Lorenzo's times soon makes you understand exactly what Crutchlow meant. On the hard rear tire, Lorenzo was running mid to low 1'48s, with many laps within a few hundredths of each other.

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2012 Mugello MotoGP Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Mugello:


Dovizioso and Crutchlow make solid start in Mugello

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow made a positive start to the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM at the fast and technical Mugello circuit in Italy today.

Dovizioso was happy with the set-up work he carried out on his YZR-M1 machine, the Italian capitalising on hot conditions to show the speed that has seen him claim three stunning podium finishes in the last four races.

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2012 Mugello Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Mugello:


Viñales gets back on the pace

Repsol rider leads both practice sessions at Mugello. Oliveira places eighth overall and Rins ninth on first visit to Italian track.

Maverick Viñales wanted to leave behind the disappointment of the German Grand Prix, and he did so immediately in the opening practice sessions at Mugello. Fellow Repsol Moto3 riders Miguel Oliveira and Álex Rins also started the weekend well: The Portuguese was eighth and the Spaniard ninth.

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2012 Mugello MotoGP FP2 Result: Lorenzo Tops Incident-Filled Session

Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man in an incident-filled afternoon session of practice for the MotoGP class at Mugello. The Factory Yamaha rider dominated from the start, posting a lap very close to the outright lap record early in the session. As FP2 went on, the other riders closed the gap, with both Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden getting within a tenth of a second by the time the checkered flag was waved.

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2012 Mugello Moto3 FP2 Result: Vinales Battles The Italians

Maverick Vinales has once again topped the timesheets in the Moto3 class at Mugello, setting the fastest time during FP2 at the legendary Italian track. The Spaniard swapped times with Romano Fenati throughout the session, edging Fenati halfway through the session, then posting a much faster lap to take FP2 convincingly. Danny Kent, 2nd fastest in the morning, dropped to 3rd fastest on the Red Bull KTM in the afternoon, finishing ahead of Niccolo Antonelli on the Gresini FTR Honda. Championship leader Sandro Cortese was 7th quickest, nearly two-thirds of a second slower than Vinales.

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2012 Mugello Moto2 FP1 Result: Espargaro Holds Off Iannone

Pol Espargaro's dominance of practice continues, the Spaniard once again topping the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Mugello. His advantage over 2nd place man Andrea Iannone was minimal, however, the Speed Master rider less than a tenth slower than Espargaro. Thomas Luthi took 3rd spot, the Interwetten rider just pipping Tech 3's Bradley Smith.

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2012 Mugello MotoGP FP1 Result: Lorenzo In Imperious Form In Italy

Jorge Lorenzo has topped the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Mugello, beating Casey Stoner by over half a second. The Factory Yamaha rider dominated throughout practice, taking the lead early and never ceding it. The Repsol Honda pairing followed Lorenzo, Stoner beating his teammate Dani Pedrosa, while Nicky Hayden put in a sterling performance on the Factory Ducati to end the session in 4th. 

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2012 Mugello Moto3 FP1 Result: Vinales Heads Kent And Cortese

Maverick Vinales got a head start at Mugello, ending the first session of free practice for Moto3 on top of the timesheets. The Avintia rider put his FTR Honda ahead of a flotilla of KTMs, Danny Kent ending seven hundredths ahead of Sandro Cortese, the German just edging Luis Salom on the Kalex KTM, the RW Racing rider just three thousandths off the pace of Cortese. Local favorites Niccolo Antonelli and Romano Fenati took 5th and 6th, all within a third of a second of Vinales.

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2012 Mugello MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Mugello, Marquez, And Tires, Once Again

It's a good job we are here in Mugello. Normally, at the end of three back-to-back race weekends, riders, team members and journalists are all just about ready to strangle each other - some paddock insiders have colorful tales of intra-team punch-ups which they will tell if plied with a few drinks - but this is Mugello, the one weekend each season which everybody looks forward to. There is something very special about the setting, the track, the weather, the location which mellows everyone out.

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Honda To Test New RC213V At Mugello On Monday

Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa are to test a brand new version of the Honda RC213V at Mugello. HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto told the media on Thursday that both Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner will have one machine each to use at the MotoGP test scheduled to take place on Monday, after the Italian Grand Prix.

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Bridgestone To Supply Four Additional Hard Tires At Mugello

Bridgestone is to bring four extra rear tires to Mugello. After the problems at Assen, where several riders suffered chunking and severe tire degradation, MotoGP's sole tire supplier announced that they would be building a special tire with a stiffer construction for Mugello, to cope with the potent combination of high speed and very high temperatures that prevail at the Italian circuit. The four rear tires will be additional to the original allocation of ten rear tires allowed under the rules.

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Now Official: Pedrosa And Marquez To Form Repsol Honda Line Up For '13 And '14

HRC has today confirmed news that has been expected for several weeks now. Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez have both signed up to race in the Repsol Honda team for the next two seasons, 2013 and 2014. Both riders are long-time proteges of the Spanish petroleum giant Repsol, so the combination of Marquez and Pedrosa in the factory team was the logical choice. Once the Rookie Rule had been removed - at the request of the Honda satellite teams, for whom Marquez would have caused problems with crew members and sponsors - Marquez' move into the factory Honda team was inevitable.

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KTM's Pit Beirer Talks Moto3 Production Bikes, Cooperation With Kalex and Two Strokes

At the Sachsenring, after the introduction of KTM's Moto3 GPR production racer, MotoMatters.com spent five minutes with KTM's Head of Motorsports Pit Beirer. We spoke to him about a number of subjects, including the evolution of the factory's Moto3 chassis, their cooperation with Kalex, and whether two strokes would be better than four strokes for racing.

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