Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Valencia:
Dani Pedrosa has taken the final pole position of the 2012 season, posting a final blistering lap to smash one of the oldest pole records still on the books, Valentino Rossi's lap from the 2006 race. Pedrosa came out on top of a furious three-way battle with Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner, the men who have dominated this season. In his final effort, Pedrosa posted a near perfect lap to be the first person to get round the Valencia track in under 1'31.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Valencia:
Jonas Folger has taken his second ever pole position, after putting on a very late charge to set the fastest time in qualifying for tomorrow's Moto3 race at Valencia. The German held off Miguel Oliveira by less than a tenth to take the top spot, while Oliveira bumped Luis Salom down into 3rd, after the RW Racing GP rider had moved into provisional pole with 10 minutes of the session left.
Pol Espargaro has seized control of the last session of Moto2 free practice, taking charge two thirds of the way through and going on to dominate by three quarters of a second. Andrea Iannone ended 2nd in the session, his late charge enough to get past Simone Corsi, but not enough to get anywhere near Espargaro. Corsi, who had led for most of the early part of the session, was bumped into 3rd by Iannone, but still ended ahead of Marc Marquez on the Catalunya Caixa Suter.
Dani Pedrosa took advantage of rapidly improving track conditions to top the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Valencia. Like most of the riders, Pedrosa spent a large part of the session sitting in the garage waiting for the track to dry, after a few exploratory laps to check conditions. As the sun started to burn off the damp patches, the entire field came out to test the surface.
Hector Faubel has topped the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class, posting a fast lap at the end of the session as the track condition continued to improve. The session took place under clear skies, but the track was still damp from the overnight rain, the sun burning off the damp very slowly, the track getting better as the session went on. Faubel's late lap deposed Maverick Vinales from the top of the timesheets, the Spaniard having been close to the top of the timesheets for a large part of the session.
If there is one rider in the entire MotoGP paddock who recalls the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, it is Marc Marquez. Around the paddock, speaking to the press, at public appearances, the Spaniard is soft-spoken, polite, friendly. When he speaks, he speaks only in commonplaces, his media training having expunged any trace of opinion or controversy from his speech (in either English or Spanish). Put him on a bike, however, and the beast is unleashed. He is merciless, in his speed, in his ownership of the track, and in his disregard of anyone else on the track.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and single tire supplier after a rained-out day of practice at Valencia:
Rain disrupts final race preparations in Valencia
A cool and wet start to the final round of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship at the Ricardo Tormo track in Valencia today prevented Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow from showing their usual high potential.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Valencia:
ANTONELLI STRUGGLES FOR FEELING AT WET VALENCIA
Niccolò Antonelli's hopes of rediscovering his confidence were dealt a blow by the weather today as the opening free practice sessions for the Valencia Grand Prix took place in wet conditions at the Ricardo Tormo circuit. The Italian youngster, who missed the last race with concussion, is hoping for better weather tomorrow as he looks to rebuild his momentum on the Moto3 machine.
The official FIM press release announcing Marc Marquez' penalty for his move on Simone Corsi:
2012 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana - Decision of the Race Direction
Marc Marquez has topped the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class, but his afternoon did not pass without incident. In an incident reminiscent of Motegi, the Catalunya Caixa rider crashed into the Simone Corsi, forcing the Italian off the track. As a result of the incident, Marquez was issued a second yellow card, and penalized by being forced to start from the back of the grid in Sunday's race. His team decided not to appeal.
Though the skies were clear, the track remained wet for the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Valencia. The conditions left a drying line on the racetrack which meant it was once again too wet for slicks, and too dry for wets. That left a large portion of the MotoGP field sat once again in their pit boxes, with five men not even bothering to post a complete lap.
The rain stopped falling before the second session of free practice for the Moto3 class started, leaving the riders to cope with a damp track and a drying line. While Jonas Folger led for the early part of the session, the talented young German was usurped at the end by a group of riders pushing hard late on. British rider John McPhee grabbed top spot at the end, promising much for next season when he joins Racing Team Germany. McPhee was closely shadowed by Jack Miller, coincidentally the young man who will be joining McPhee at RTG next season.
Xavier Simeon has seized the opportunity presented by a wet track to audition for a ride for 2013, by topping the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Valencia. The Belgian Tech 3 rider jumped to the top of the timesheets at the end of a session which was dominated by strong wet weather riders. Johann Zarco took 2nd spot in FP1, ending four tenths behind Simeon and a tenth ahead of Julian Simon, the Spaniard also finding his feet in the wet.