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Tito Rabat set the new lap record at the Mugello circuit in Italy Friday to top the second free practice session. Rabat's 1.52.311 put him one-thousandths of a second in front of championship leader Johann Zarco (2nd). The time bettered Pol Espargaro’s former record of 1’52.369 from 2012.
Sam Lowes ended his session another two-tenths back in third followed by Thomas Luthi (4th) and Simone Corsi in fifth.
Rabat, who set a fast pace throughout the latter half of the 45-minute session, set his record time with six minutes left in the day's final practice. The current world champion has not won a race this year and sits 36 points behind Zarco in the 2015 world championship. He finished second at the previous race at Le Mans.
Andrea Dovizioso set a late fast lap with two minutes remaining in the session to take the top FP2 time Friday at the MotoGP contest in Mugello, Italy. Dovizioso's 1’47.479 left him more than one-tenth of a second ahead of second-fastest Marc Marquez. Jorge Lorenzo grabbed third, three-tenths back of the leader. But Lorenzo, a previous winner here, set a consistently fast pace for the entire session.
Andrea Iannone took the other factory Ducati to fourth with Bradley Smith (5th) right behind him. Cal Crutchlow (6th) finished the session a full six-tenths back.
And where was Valentino Rossi, the championship leader who is riding at a his favorite track? Rossi had been running consistently within the top five but ran off track at turn one late in the session leaving him in ninth place, more than seven-tenths back.
The weather is expected to continue to be clear and warm for Saturday's practice.
Niccolo Antonelli ended the final Moto3 session Friday with the top time and the lap record at his home track at Mugello, Italy. The Italian's 1’57.616 was more than half a second quicker than Efren Vazquez who finished the session in second. Isaac Viñales grabbed third, just in front of Miguel Oliveira (4th) and Romano Fenati (5th).
Championship leader Danny Kent ended his day sixth-fastest, eight-tenths of a second off the top pace.
Sam Lowes topped the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Mugello, but only by a very narrow margin. The Speed Up rider just edged ahead of Tom Luthi to take first, leaving the Swiss rider in 2nd. Tito Rabat ended the session in 3rd, after running a fast pace in the latter part of practice, and finished less than a tenth of a second slower than Lowes. Simone Corsi ended in 4th, while Johann Zarco finished in 5th.
Andrea Dovizioso has topped the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class. The Factory Ducati rider took advantage of the data collected during the test with the team had here just over two weeks ago, and was very quickly up to speed, being at or close to the top all session long. Only Jorge Lorenzo could break his hegemony, the Movistar Yamaha rider still on a roll from his last two races, and very quickly up to speed. Andrea Iannone was the 3rd quickest, putting in a fast lap at the end of the session, and producing a very close top three: just 0.047 seconds separate Iannone from Dovizioso.
Marc Marquez is another tenth of a second further back, the Repsol Honda rider experimenting with two different swingarms: the new one introduced at Le Mans after testing at Jerez, and the old one they started the season with. Yonny Hernandez took 5th spot, cleverly using a tow from Valentino Rossi to post a quick lap. Rossi himself ended the session in 6th, 0.432 behind Dovizioso, but a relatively good start for the Italian.
Enea Bastianini got his home Grand Prix off to a flying start, topping the first session of free practice in the Moto3 class. Danny Kent ended the session in 2nd, finding some speed at the end of the session after being well down the order early on. Niccolo Antonelli is third fastest, half a second behind Bastianini, and just ahead of Karel Hanika, the first rider on a KTM.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Le Mans:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race from Le Mans:
Results and summary of a thrilling Moto3 race at Le Mans:
Notes: Marc Marquez had a very strong pace, a long string of laps in the mid 1'33s. Jorge Lorenzo's pace was a lot less consistent. Bradley Smith was surprisingly strong, also posting a very long run on a pace just short of that of Marquez.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Le Mans:
A track drying after rain during Moto3 qualifying made for extremely difficult conditions for the MotoGP riders, leaving FP4 as a lost session for gathering data in the race. Loris Baz and Alex De Angelis both gambled on going out on slicks in the last five minutes, and were rewarded with first and second spot on the timesheets. Dani Pedrosa took 3rd, after having led the way for most of the session, ahead of Valentino Rossi.