It looks like we may have a race on Sunday at Mugello. In fact, it looks like we might have two races, looking at the times set in MotoGP and Moto2. The last two races of the day at Mugello promise to have battles for the lead and for the podium, and could well provide some top flight entertainment.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello:
Lorenzo Flies to Mugello Front Row
Mugello International Circuit (Scarperia, Italy), 1st June 2013
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello:
Pole position for Scott Redding at Mugello
Mugello, Italy - 1 June 2013: Scott Redding will start tomorrow's Italian Moto2 Grand Prix from pole position, after bouncing back - quite literally - from a session ending crash during final free practice this morning. Mika Kallio qualified 13th, despite continuing issues with the set-up of his Kalex Moto2 machine.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Mugello:
Championship leader Scott Redding secured his second pole position of the year with a lap of 1'52.958 at the Mugello circuit. The time pulled the Briton one-tenth clear of second-place qualifier Takaaki Nakagami and, more importantly, restored the young rider's confidence after a poor practice session and massive crash. Marcel Schrotter surprised the field when he grabbed the final front-row slot for his best qualifying position of the year and of his career.
Results and summary of MotoGP qualifying
Championship points leader Dani Pedrosa grabbed pole position from Jorge Lorenzo on his final lap of QP2 and set a new Mugello qualifying record in the process with a time of 1'47.157. Lorenzo, who held the pole record for all of five minutes, ended up a shocked second. But the real surprise of the session was Andrea Dovizioso who put Ducati on the front row for the second race in a row.
Little became apparent after QP4 that wasn't apparent already. Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, who swapped the top position from FP3, are the two fastest riders out there. Stefan Bradl has found a quick and consistent pace at Mugello and Valentino Rossi remains close but slightly off the pace. None of the top riders -- except Rossi and, much lower in order, Marc Marquez -- set a fastest lap in QP4 as most riders seemed content to run a race pace and work on final set-up before qualifying.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Mugello:
While Maverick Vinales Led much of the session, it only turned out to be good enough for second as Jonas Folger rode a superb lap toward the end of qualifying to take both the top slot and set a new Moto3 qualifying record in the process with a 1'57.603 lap. Vinales finished just six-hundreths short of the leader and Alex Rins rounded out the front row for the Sunday race another four-hundreths back.
Pol Espargaro emphatically ended his early practice struggles with a 1'53.390 to top the timesheets in a supremely close Moto2 FP3 session at Mugello. Esteve Rabat (2nd) and Takaaki Nakagami (3rd) both topped the timesheets at different points in the session and both ended only a few hundreths back of first. In fact, the top 18 riders finished within a second of Espargaro which sets the table for a terrific race come Sunday.
Ben Spies has decided to pull out of the Mugello round of MotoGP, after struggling on the first day of practice at the track. The Texan continues to have problems with a weak shoulder, as he recovers slowly from the surgery performed to correct the damage done in his crash at Sepang last October.
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.
If the Mugello circuit hadn't already been dry late in the third Moto3 practice session, Maverick Vinales blistering hot lap might have done the trick. The young Spaniard, with a 1'59.328, put his KTM nearly half a second clear of the field Saturday. Luis Salom was second-fastest and Jonas Folger placed third at nearly another four-tenths back. To get a picture of how fast Vinales went, the fifth-fastest rider, Miguel Oliveira, was more than a second back.
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.