2010 Valencia Moto2 FP2 Result: Bradl Carries Lead Into Second Session

Stefan Bradl continues his reign in the Moto2 class at Valencia, adding the best time in the second session to his lead in the first. The Viessmann Kiefer rider ended the session nearly two tenths of a second ahead of Mapfre Aspar's Julian Simon, the Spaniard under a lot of pressure to perform well at what is the team's home race. Just a couple of hundredths behind Simon came Karel Abraham on the Cardion FTR, while another couple of hundredths further back, Alex de Angelis took 4th spot on the JIR Motobi machine.

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2010 Valencia MotoGP FP2 Result - Lorenzo Takes Command

Jorge Lorenzo has taken control of practice in the MotoGP class at Valencia, setting a blistering pace in the afternoon FP2 session. The Fiat Yamaha rider was fastest early, ceding the top time in the middle of the session to Casey Stoner, before putting in another surge towards the end of the session. Stoner ended FP2 in 2nd spot, though he did not match his time from this morning. 3rd fastest in the afternoon was Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards, the Texan having found some extra pace at the last race of the season, while San Carlo Gresini's Marco Simoncelli was 4th quickest.

2010 Valencia 125cc FP2 Result - Smith Heads Marquez

Bradley Smith topped the timesheets in the afternoon session of free practice, the Bancaja Aspar rider popping into the lead at the end of the session. Smith is up a tenth of a second on championship leader Marc Marquez, who is in turn nearly three tenths quicker than Smith's teammate Nico Terol. Efren Vazquez, fastest this morning, was only 4th quickest in the afternoon.

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2010 Valencia Moto2 FP1 Result: Bradl Leads Hectic First Session

Stefan Bradl carried his good form over from his win in Estoril last weekend, topping the timesheets with a late charge in the first session of practice for the Moto2 class at Valencia. The Viessmann Kiefer rider looked like losing his spot to Cardion's Karel Abraham, the FTR rider going very quickly at the end of the session, but falling just short of Bradl's time. Forward Racing's Jules Cluzel set the 3rd fastest time, just ahead of the two men who enlived the 2010 Moto2 title race, Julian Simon and Toni Elias.

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2010 Valencia MotoGP FP1 Result - Stoner Storms The Field

Casey Stoner kicked the weekend off to his usual dominating start, the Marlboro Ducati rider leading the first session of practice by over half a second, taking over from early leader Jorge Lorenzo in the last few minutes of FP1. Lorenzo ended the session in 2nd, just ahead of Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso, and the surprisingly strong Marco Simoncelli, while Valentino Rossi ended the session as 5th fastest.

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2010 Valencia 125cc FP1 Result - Vazquez Pips Marquez To Top First Session

As might be expected, the Spaniards are even more highly motivated than normal at the final Grand Prix of the season in front of their home crowd. So with the title still to play for in the 125cc class, it was Efren Vazquez of the Tuenti Derbi team who was fastest in the first session of free practice, just pipping his compatriot and title leader Marc Marquez into 2nd place. Bancaja Aspar's Bradley Smith ended the session in 3rd, another few hundredths behind Marquez, while the gap to 4th was bigger, Vazquez' teammate Pol Espargaro nearly three quarters of a second behind him. 

Valentino Rossi Talks About The Yamaha YZR-M1 From 2004 - 2009

At the end of every year, Yamaha hold a presentation to talk about their YZR-M1 MotoGP bike and how they changed it for the new year. In it, Masao Furusawa and Masahiko Nakajima give an always fascinating and surprisingly detailed technical presentation on the bike and the important factors they improved from last year.

This year was slightly different: As Masao Furusawa will be retiring at the end of this season, Yamaha gave a presentation covering all of the bikes he has worked on, from the 2004 machine through to the 2010 M1. Furusawa gave a presentation covering the bikes from 2004 through to 2009, and his descriptions were illustrated by a video featuring Valentino Rossi, talking about each bike and each season in detail, the strengths and weaknesses of the bikes. Yamaha was kind enough to release that video for use to the media, and allow us to post it to the internet. It's shown below:

Stoner And Rossi On The Importance Of Taking Their Crews With Them

Though MotoGP fans around the world focus on their favorite riders, there is a growing awareness of the importance of the crews that surround those riders, as witnessed by the constant harassment that Rossi's mechanic Alex Briggs received from his many followers on Twitter. As MotoGP bikes grow ever more complex, the role of the pit crew becomes ever more important, and the trust between rider and crew has become paramount. 

Yamaha Management Reshuffle Now Official: Brivio, Meregalli And Dosoli All Swapping Seats

Once upon a time, one rider switching teams was a relatively simple affair, requiring no more than a new set of leathers and a new patch to sew on a paddock jacket. Those days are long gone, but the extent of changes brought about by Valentino Rossi's move from Yamaha to Ducati is virtually unprecedented.

Casey Stoner On Electronics, Ducati's Screamer And Engine Penalties

After the canceled practice session at Estoril, Casey Stoner spoke to the press during his regular media debrief. In that session, Stoner spoke about a number of issues, including electronics, fuel limits, Ducati's screamer vs. big bang engines, and the engine penalties. Here's what he had to say, in his own words:

Interwetten Honda MotoGP Withdrawal Confirmed

The withdrawal of the Interwetten Honda team from MotoGP has been an open secret for some time now, after title sponsor Interwetten decided against renewing funding for the MotoGP team again next year. Team boss Daniel Epp had been holding off on an official announcement until all of his options to replace Interwetten had been exhausted. That happened a few weeks ago, and now, the Interwetten team has officially announced the demise of the team.

World Superbikes To Set Up Series To Rival Red Bull Rookies?

The World Superbike series has long watched the Red Bull Rookies Cup in envy, as talent from the series - and its predecessor, the Grand Prix Academy - starts to flow into the 125cc series and up into the higher classes. The Red Bull Rookies Cup has clearly served as a talent pool for Dorna, and encouraged young riders towards Grand Prix machinery, and away from production-based racing.

Valentino Rossi On The Estoril Race: "The Biggest Difference Was The Setting"

After the press conference at Estoril, Valentino Rossi talked to the press about his all too brief battle with Jorge Lorenzo, and why he had not been able to fight with his Fiat Yamaha teammate and bitter rival as he had in the past couple of races. The difference, Rossi explained, was the lack of dry practice time, as Jorge Lorenzo could use the setting which he used to win the race last year, while Rossi had struggled at the Estoril circuit in 2009.

Elias Confirmed With LCR Honda For 2011

It's been clear for a long while now that Toni Elias would be returning to MotoGP for the 2011 season, for more than one reason. Many felt Elias should never have lost his ride at Gresini Honda at the end of 2009, after the feisty Spaniard finished the season in 7th position, ahead of a large group of riders who weren't forced out. And when the Spaniard wrapped up the inaugural 2010 Moto2 World Championship, it became unthinkable that he would not find a ride in the premier class.

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