2012 Mugello Moto3 Race Result: Three-Way Thriller Sees Race Decided At Line

Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Mugello:

Maverick Vinales has taken his fifth win of the season, coming out on top of a fierce last-lap battle with Romano Fenati and Sandro Cortese to win by just two hundredths of a second. With his win, Vinales closes the gap in the championship to just 9 points.

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2012 Mugello MotoGP Saturday Round Up: On Empty Stands, Spanish Domination And Future Superstars

Mugello is a special place, and a special race. One of the things that makes it so special is the atmosphere, the massed crowds that arrive on Thursday and Friday, and party noisily until Sunday night, filling the Tuscan skies with the sound of fireworks, engines being held against their limiters, popping exhausts, and very, very loud Italian pop music (or as was the case on Saturday night as we left the track, Jingle Bells composed entirely of fart noises).

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2012 Mugello MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying on Saturday at Mugello:


The last free practice and the qualifying session of the MotoGP class for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM were held today at the circuit of Mugello.

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2012 Mugello Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying on Saturday at Mugello:

Stunning last gasp pole for Viñales

Repsol rider qualifies on pole with final lap, joined on front row by Álex Rins. Miguel Oliveira to start from sixteenth.

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Zarco Penalized For Incident With Espargaro In FP3 At Mugello

Johann Zarco has been handed a grid position penalty for his crash with Pol Espargaro during FP3 at Mugello on Saturday morning. The incident saw Zarco enter the San Donato corner far too fast trying to overtake a group of riders on the inside. The Frenchman lost the front and crashed, wiping Espargaro out in the process. Zarco will be relegated 15 places on the starting grid for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. The penalty moves Zarco from 3rd on the grid down to 18th.

Below is the official FIM press release announcing the penalty:

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2012 Mugello MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Drama-Filled Qualifying Sees Strong Pole

Results and summary of the qualifying practice at Mugello for the MotoGP class:

Dani Pedrosa will start from pole for the second time this season, having posted a blistering lap in the late stages of qualifying. The Repsol Honda man was fast throughout, taking 2nd on hard tires as the final and hectic last 20 minutes commenced, then turned up the pace at the end improving lap after lap.

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2012 Mugello Moto3 Qualifying Practice Result: Desperate Last Lap Takes Stunning Pole

Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Mugello:

Maverick Vinales has taken his fourth pole of the year, putting in a stunning last lap under difficult circumstances to post the fastest time as qualifying ended. Vinales had been challenging Sandro Cortese for pole in the second half of qualifying, but a late charge by the German appeared to have secured pole for the Red Bull KTM rider. But on his very last flying lap, Vinales threaded his way through traffic, hopping slipstreams extremely effectively, to grab the front spot on the grid.

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2012 Mugello Moto2 FP3 Result: Luthi Leads While Espargaro Crashes

Thomas Luthi has topped the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Mugello, taking top spot from Marc Marquez right at the very end. Andrea Iannone wound up in 3rd behind the pair of Suters, while Bradley Smith, sporting a new aerodynamic package brought for the Tech 3 bike, took 4th in the session.

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2012 Mugello MotoGP FP3 Result: Lorenzo's Record Pace Closely Matched By Pedrosa

Jorge Lorenzo's domination at Mugello continues, the Factory Yamaha rider once again the fastest man of the session at Mugello. Lorenzo was quick right out of the box, lapping in the 1'47s within a couple of laps, then turning up the pace to cut his time to 1'47.584, nearly half a second faster than the pole position record at Mugello, posting those times on the hard tires.

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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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