2011 Mugello MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Italy Awaits

If you want to know what the attendance at a racetrack is, you have two options, the official channel, and the unofficial one. If you want the official tally, you have to wait until Sunday, when the circuit, together with Dorna, publish the number of spectators over the three days of the track. Those numbers are based on ticket sales, though how precisely they are reflect the numbers at the track is a frequent topic of speculation.

2011 Mugello MotoGP Saturday Press Release Round Up Post-Qualifying

Press releases after qualifying for the MotoGP teams at Mugello:

Nature intervenes again at Mugello to deny Bautista

Publish Date: Saturday, July 02, 2011

The elements conspired against Álvaro Bautista and the whole MotoGP field today as this afternoon's qualifying practice fell foul of the weather as sporadic rain again affected the Mugello circuit.

2011 Mugello MotoGP Qualifying Practice: Early Fast Lap Takes Pole In Rain-Stricken Qualifying

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

Casey Stoner has taken pole for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, setting an early fast lap as the rain hit the Mugello circuit once again during a MotoGP weekend. After losing most of yesterday afternoon's session to the weather, the rain came in yet again on Saturday afternoon to call an early halt to proceedings, leaving the riders who made a fast lap early in the session well up the standings.

2011 Mugello 125cc Qualifying Practice Result: Rain Disrupts Qualifying

Results of the 125cc qualifying practice:

Johann Zarco will start tomorrow's 125cc race from pole, after the Frenchman capitalized on the early dry track time to set the fastest lap of the session. Rain started to fall after just 10 minutes of the session, lightly at first, and heavier later, making the track too wet to set a fast time on, but not wet enough to get any data from rain tires. The rain left Zarco on pole, with RW Racing's Luis Salom in 2nd, ahead of Sergio Gadea. Efren Vazquez heads up the second row, with Nico Terol and Sandro Cortese beside him.

Another Reason To Go To Laguna: Watch King Kenny Ride A YZR 500

There are many reasons to go to Laguna Seca for the Red Bull US GP, but Yamaha have just added another one. Former 500cc World Champion Kenny Roberts will be taking out both a 2011 Yamaha YZF-M1 MotoGP machine and the YZR-500 machine he won the 1980 World Championship on. Having stood in awe watching Roberts ride his TZ750 flat track bike at the Indy Mile in 2009, I have a suspicion that Roberts will not be holding back on the bike. 

Here's the official Yamaha press release announcing the ride:

2011 Mugello Moto2 FP3 Result: Bradl Edges Marquez In Final Seconds

Stefan Bradl set the fastest time in the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Mugello, sneaking ahead of an otherwise dominant Marc Marquez in the final seconds of the session. Marquez was left to settle for 2nd, ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Scott Redding, while Technomag CIP rider Kenan Sofuoglo was left in 5th.


2011 Mugello 125cc FP3 Result: Terol Dominates Saturday Morning

Nico Terol has returned to the 125cc class after injury exactly as he left it: utterly dominant. The Bankia Aspar rider ended the final session of free practice with an advantage of more than a second over Johann Zarco, while the Frenchman was nearly seven tenths quicker than Efren Vazquez. Vazquez just squeaked ahead of Sandro Cortese, while Sergio Gadea and Jonas Folger followed in 5th and 6th respectively.



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