2013 Jerez MotoGP FP3 Result: Crutchlow Clips Pedrosa, Lorenzo

Cal Crutchlow made good on the promise of fast pre season tests at Jerez by setting the quickest time of FP3. Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo placed second and third respectively with Rossi in fourth -- a position he's held through most of practice. Stefan Bradl and Bradley Smith both failed to make Q2 initially and must first attempt to set a top-two time in Q1 to earn the right for the final qualifying round.

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2013 Jerez Moto3 FP3 Result: Rins Drops the Hammer

Alex Rins, for the second race in succession set the dominant time in the practice before qualifying with a 1'46.938; He was the only Moto3 rider to dip into the 1'46s. Jonas Folger clocked second fastest with Jack Miller in third at four-tenths back. Rins, within the first 10 minutes of FP3, dropped six-tenths of a second from Luis Salom's lead time from FP2. Then late in the session, Rins and Folger began slugging it out, trading the top spot a handful of times before Rins had the emphatic last word. Last year's winner, Romano Fenati, sat 21st on the timesheet.

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2013 Jerez MotoGP Friday Round Up: Yamaha vs Honda, Or Going Just As Fast In Two Very Different Ways

For the past couple of years, it has seemed as if there is some kind of unwritten law which states that any MotoGP weekend must be accompanied by rain. The weekends without the threat of rain or some other form of ill weather have been few and far between, so it is both a relief and a joy to come to Jerez and have the prospect of a full weekend of stable and dry weather. That's not to say that no rain has fallen: this morning, as we walked to the car, we felt three or four large drops, but that was all.

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2013 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Press Releases

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


Iwema back on track while Kornfeil is having exams

RW Racing GP started the GP of Spain with just one rider. While Jakub Kornfeil was having compulsory state exams in mathematics back in the Czech Republic, Dutchman Jasper Iwema was back on track in Jerez after his giant crash in Austin. Despite a small crash at the end of the second free practice Iwema was doing well. He ended the session in 19th position, with a lap time of 1.49.472.

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2013 Jerez Moto2 FP2 Result: Redding Fastest; Rabat Lurking

Briton Scott Redding grabbed the top spot in Moto2 qualifying Friday but his grip on number one is anything but firm. Esteve Rabat finished just .037 seconds behind and more importantly, still holds the fastest time from FP1 of 1'43.227. Takaaki Nakagami took third to round out an all-Kalex top three. COTA winner Nicolas Terol finished FP2 in sixth place, half a second adrift.

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2013 Jerez MotoGP FP2 Result: Lorenzo Fastest; Crutchlow On His Heels

World Champion Jorge Lorenzo dominated FP2 in hot conditions at Jerez Friday, setting the fast time early and holding the top spot for most of the session. But it wasn't for lack of trying by the others as the top five riders finished separated only by three-tenths of a second. Cal Crutchlow, nearly mirroring his performance at tests here earlier in the year, set the second-fastest time with Dani Pedrosa in third as the top Honda. Valentino Rossi (fourth) and Marc Marquez (fifth) finished only three-tenths back. Stephan Bradl crashed out with more than five minutes remaining.

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Yamaha Press Release: Q&A With Wilco Zeelenberg, On Rivalries And Preparation

Yamaha today issued a press release containing an interview with Wilco Zeelenberg, the team manager for Jorge Lorenzo. Zeelenberg plays a pivotal role in Lorenzo's success, advising Lorenzo and crew chief Ramon Forcada on where the 2012 World Champion is gaining or losing time at a circuit. He acts as both a rider advisor, as well as providing key set up input for Forcada. He is always worth listening to, and the press release interview, shown below, is no exception:


Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager Wilco Zeleenberg Q&A

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2013 Jerez Moto3 FP2 Result: Folger Rises to the Top

Jonas Folger beat the best FP1 time by nearly a full second to top the FP2 timesheets with a lap of 1'47.660. Alex Rins (second) and Maverick Vinales (third) clocked well within a second of Folger as practice wrapped up for the day for Moto3. A power failure in the pits midway through practice forced teams to use starting-grid tire warmers until power was restored toward the end of the session. Luis Salom, fast man in FP1, finished fourth, seven-tenths out. 

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2013 Jerez Moto2 FP1 Result: Rabat Out Front But Redding Closes In

Spaniard Esteve Rabat finished Moto2 FP1 at 1'43.227, nearly three-tenths clear of the field. Rival Scott Redding slotted into second and Pol Espargaro, who was mid-pack early, came on strong at the end for third. Former MotoGP race winner and Moto2 champion Toni Elias climbed into the fifth spot, just behind Jordi Torres who was the only Suter rider in the top six. Note: Rabat's time would have put him 22nd on the MotoGP FP1 timesheet, ahead of three CRT riders.

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2013 Jerez MotoGP FP1 Result: Lorenzo Nips Pedrosa; Rossi Third

Jorge Lorenzo, on his final lap of the first Jerez free practice, nipped Honda's Dani Pedrosa by .003 for the top spot. Pedrosa, who led most of the session, was relegated to second. Valentino Rossi finished third, a little less than three-tenths off the pace. Cal Crutchlow, who held a top-three spot for most of FP1, finished fourth and COTA winner Marc Marquez came in at fifth, nearly eight-tenths from the top time. Actually, fifth marked a dramatic improvement for the rookie who appeared to struggle early in practice.

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2013 Jerez Moto3 FP1 Result: Salom Sails Clear

Luis Salom waited until the end to show his hand and it was a winner with a time of 1'48.443 -- two-and-a-half tenths in front of second-place Jonas Folger. Niccolo Antonelli filled out the top three. Perhaps the big surprise of FP1 was Finnish rider Niklas Ajo who led most of the session, eventually putting his KTM into fourth on the timesheet. Overall, times were quick Friday. By the middle of the first practice session, the top 13 riders all had eclipsed the previous lap record of 1'49.760 set last year by Romano Fenati (who placed 16th in today's first practice).

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2013 Jerez MotoGP Thursday Round Up: Of Full Paddocks, Named Corners, And Sexuality In MotoGP

The MotoGP paddock is assembled in all its splendor at Jerez, and it is positively bulging at the seams. Shiny new hospitality units (very shiny, in the case of the Go&Fun Gresini unit) now pack the paddock, the existing units larger and new units added, causing the paddock to loosen its belt and expand into the adjacent car park, sequestering part of the area previously reserved for team and media cars. Under a bright blue Andalusian sky, it really is looking at its most appealing.

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