Nico Terol continues to turn 125cc reports into a cliche. The Bankia Aspar rider once again dominated the third session of free practice for the 125cc class, and waited until the latter part of the session to press home his advantage. Frenchman Johann Zarco ended the session 2nd, ahead of the other two Bankia Aspar's of Hector Faubel and an impressive showing from Adrian Martin.
There's an old saying in racing: "When the flag drops, the production of bovine fecal matter stops." Though the phrase "production of bovine fecal matter" is usually replaced by something a good deal more succinct, colorful, and likely to get blocked by some internet filters. So once the bikes rolled out onto the track for a full day of timed practice, the bellow of MotoGP bikes finally silenced the complaining that had been going on on all sides since the bikes were rolled back into the trucks on Monday night after Estoril.
Press releases from the Moto2 and 125 teams after the first day of practice at Le Mans:
FARMINGDALE NJ- May 13, 2011-Tech 3 Racing Looking Forward to Great Weekend in France
Round 4 of the 2011 Moto2 Grand Prix Season will take place this weekend in France. Bel-Ray backed Tech3 racers, Bradley Smith and Mike DiMeglio are both prepared to capture motorcycle racing glory.
The press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Le Mans:
Encouraging start for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team on home soil
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad made an encouraging start to preparations for the Team's all-important home race in France after Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow set a fast and competitive pace on the opening day of practice at the historic Le Mans circuit.
This season sees the end of the line for the two-stroke engine in MotoGP, with the last two-stroke class, the 125cc class, to be replaced by a four-stroke alternative, the 250cc Moto3 alternative. And probably the most eagerly anticipated Moto3 bike has been Honda's 250 machine, with the bike expected to play a major role in the series. Honda had whetted appetites for the machine around the world by releasing partial photos to the media, but that merely left the press and fans wanting to see the whole thing.
Stefan Bradl continues to lead the way in the Moto2 class. The Viessman Kiefer rider was nearly three tenths faster than Interwetten's Thomas Luthi, while IODA Racing's Simone Corsi set the 3rd fastest time. Local hero Jules Cluzel went 4th fastest, a fraction ahead of Andrea Iannone, Marc Marquez and Alex de Angelis.
Nico Terol continues to be a cut above the rest of the 125cc field at Le Mans, the Bankia Aspar rider putting over half a second on 2nd place rider Efren Vazquez. Terol waited until the final minute to take the lead, though, posting two blistering laps in the dying seconds of the session to demote Vazquez to 2nd. Sandro Cortese also waited until the final moments to jump up into 3rd, ahead of Terol's teammate Hector Faubel. Jonas Folger bagged 5th, while a strong showing from RW Racing's Luis Salom put the Spaniard in 6th.
In theory, Le Mans is a Yamaha circuit, but it appears that somebody has neglected to inform HRC of this fact. At the end of the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Le Mans, the four, full-factory Honda RC212Vs topped the timesheets, with the three Repsol bikes in the top three. Unsurprisingly, it was Casey Stoner who led the way, well under the race lap record in just the first session. His lead looked pretty unsurmountable, with an advantage of around a second for much of the session. Only towards the end did his fellow Honda riders close the gap.
The first session of free practice ended as most sessions have this year: with Nico Terol on the top of the timesheets. But the Bankia Aspar took most of the session to get up to speed, and his advantage is much smaller. Efren Vazquez ended just under a tenth behind Terol, and four tenths ahead of Frenchman Johann Zarco, with the two 125 veterans Sergio Gadea and Hector Faubel behind Zarco.
Press releases from the 125cc and Moto2 teams:
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